Alexandra Dunn was confirmed by the Senate Jan. 2 to lead the EPA’s chemicals office.
Dunn had been serving as the agency’s administrator for Region 1 in Boston with jurisdiction over the New England states.
She will now be the assistant administrator in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, which implements the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Michael Dourson, President Donald Trump’s first pick for the job, dropped out of the confirmation process after North Carolina’s Republican senators refused to vote for him because of his work with the chemical industry.
Also confirmed by voice vote: Mary Neumayr to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, Teri Donaldson as inspector general of the Department of Energy, and Kelvin Droegemeier to be the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Another Energy Department nominee also was confirmed: Daniel Simmons, who will serve as assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Neumayr Confirmed to Run CEQ
The confirmations came in the final hours of the 115th Congress, with the Republican-controlled Senate, and a new Democratic-controlled House, set to open the 116th Congress Jan. 3.
Neumayr was Trump’s second nominee to lead the environmental council, created under the National Environmental Policy Act to coordinate agency reviews of the impacts that federal projects have on the environment and to work with the White House and agencies on environmental and energy policies and initiatives.
Trump’s first pick to lead the council, former Texas environment official Kathleen Hartnett White, withdrew amid widespread criticism from Democrats and others about her views on climate change, including comparing it to paganism.
Neumayer is at the council now, serving as its chief of staff and de facto leader while there was a vacancy at the top spot.
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(Adds Senate confirmation of Kelvin Droegemeier to head White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.)
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