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U.S. Senate Panel Approves Controversial EPA Nominees

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 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday approved four nominees to key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency, including one appointee with ties to the chemical industry who will head the agency's office of chemical safety.

Senator Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the committee, said two of the nominees were of "grave concern": Bill Wehrum, nominated for assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, and Michael Dourson to head up the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

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