The United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on the nominations of two potential Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appointees. Senator Joni Ernst had some very direct questions for them.
If confirmed, William Charles McIntosh would lead the EPA office of International and Tribal Affairs, and Peter Wright would oversee Land and Emergency Management.
In reference to the broken promises over ethanol from EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, Ernst asked the hopefuls if she could count on them to keep their word.
Administrator Pruitt is facing intense scrutiny over his use of EPA resources and other questionable behavior. Senator Ernst asked the nominees if they would uphold ethical standards if they witnessed future improprieties in the office.
Ernst was straightforward in her expectations of the nominees if they are confirmed.