Two energy lobbyists who worked in former President George W. Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are reportedly among the leading contenders to head the agency under President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE.
Jeff Holmstead, a lobbyist at Bracewell LLC and head air regulator under Bush, is on the shortlist along with Mike Catanzaro, a lobbyist at CGCN Group who was deputy associate administrator at the EPA, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing two sources.
Robert Grady, a venture capitalist who worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget under President George H.W. Bush, is also in the running.
“I think they are trying to find a mix of outsiders who want to see big changes made and experienced folks who know how the agency works and can help them make those changes,” a former Bush administration official told Reuters.
Trump’s EPA administrator will be responsible for the aggressive deregulatory agenda he outlined on the campaign trail.
He has pledged to repeal major regulations, including the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, its Waters of the United States rule and big pieces of its climate change agenda.
Myron Ebell, a climate change skeptic from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, is leading Trump’s EPA transition team efforts, but he is unlikely to be nominated to lead the agency, Reuters reported.