Andrew Wheeler, who has been the EPA’s acting head since the resignation of scandal-plagued Scott Pruitt, will be nominated to lead the agency, President Donald Trump said Nov. 16

Trump made the remarks at a Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House where he introduced Wheeler by saying he is going to be made permanent.

“He’s done a fantastic job, and I want to congratulate him,” Trump said. “Congratulations, Andrew. Great job.“

Wheeler, a former coal and energy lobbyist, took over the Environmental Protection Agency after Pruitt’s ouster in July. While Wheeler shares Trump’s agenda of environmental deregulation he...