Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Will a former NJ or PA DEP chief take over at the EPA?

Nature abhors a vacuum but the Washington rumor mill thrives on it.

In the nation's capital, where EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has announced she's stepping down, there's a lot of speculation about who will be named by President Obama to replace her. Two former DEP chiefs from New Jersey and Pennsylvania are on the list. 

Bradley Campbell
Kathleen McGinty
The National Journal says that leading candidates for the job include Bradley Campbell, who served as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection under governors Jim McGreevey and Jon Corzine, and Kathleen McGinty who was Pennsylvania's top environmental official under Governor Ed Rendell.

Both Campbell and McGinty had Washington experience early in their careers.

However, the Journal's environmental reporter Olga Belogolova writes that the top-runner to replace Jackson is Bob Perciasepe, EPA's deputy administrator and chief operating officer. 

Others who may get a look from the White House include: 

  • Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board 
  • Gina McCarthy, the assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the EPA, and
  • Heather Zichal, the White House’s top aide on energy and climate issues.

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full story here.

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