A coal industry lobbyist at the consulting arm of Faegre Baker Daniels in Washington vowed to minimize any potential conflicts of interest stemming from his nomination to the second-in-command post at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Andrew Wheeler, nominated on Oct. 5 as deputy administrator under Secretary Scott Pruitt, revealed his law firm compensation and clients in an ethics pledge and a financial disclosure posted by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.