Eligibility of EPA Deputy to Serve Questioned by Inhofe

Resized Sen. Inhofe

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) questioned March 8 whether A. Stanley Meiburg, acting deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is legally serving in that role while awaiting Senate action on his nomination.

If Meiburg is not serving permissibly under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, any actions taken by him would have no force or effect and could not be ratified, Inhofe alleges. Bloomberg BNA first raised questions to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which Inhofe chairs, last week about Meiburg's eligibility in light of a recent federal appeals court decision concerning acting officials at federal agencies.

“It is unclear that Mr. Meiburg is eligible to serve as both the nominee for the Deputy Administrator position while also continuing to serve as Acting Deputy Administrator,” Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, wrote in a letter to previous hitEPAnext hit Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Bloomberg BNA reporter Anthony Adragna reported the story for subscribers.