During an agricultural event in Mississippi on Monday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler said he will not resign from the Trump Administration.
“I was disgusted by the events of last Wednesday,” he said in answer to a reporter’s question. “I believe in the best interests of the agency, in order to ensure a smooth transition to my successors, it’s important for me to stay on.”
Wheeler was in Mississippi to announce a $2 million dollar initiative that encourages smart and sustainable pest control in agriculture. The initiative, which is an extension of EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP), expects to award grantees up to $200,000 to implement sustainable pest management practices that align with the agency’s goal of providing a healthier environment for all Americans.
“EPA wants farmers to choose what they can use in their fields and not have it chosen for them,” said Wheeler.
Listen to Wheeler’s remarks and press questions here:
EPA chief Andrew Wheeler in Mississippi (15:28)