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Lawyer, Biochemist Swaps Industry Job for EPA’s Chemicals Office

July 16, 2019, 10:45 PM

David Fischer, an attorney who formerly worked for the American Chemistry Council, is joining the EPA as deputy assistant administrator in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, according to an agency announcement obtained by Bloomberg Environment.

Fischer will hold a post previously held by Nancy Beck, who also worked with the chemistry council before joining EPA in May 2017. She recently left for a post in the White House.

The July 9 announcement didn’t specify Fischer’s start date, and the EPA didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

Fischer, an environmental lawyer who also has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, most recently served as a partner of legal and regulatory affairs at IBEX Partners LLC, a Washington-based public affairs firm located in Washington.

Prior to that, he worked for 10 years as a senior director in the American Chemistry Council, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. chemical manufacturers.

Among his tasks at the chemistry council was helping launch its Center for Chemical Safety Act Implementation—now called the Center for Chemical Safety.

The center aims to help chemical manufacturers with the Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of the 2016 overhaul of the nation’s primary commercial chemicals statute, the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Fischer’s career also includes a stint as director of government affairs at the American Bird Conservancy and the environmental health director at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, where he focused on assessing lead poisoning prevention efforts.

Fischer will join former Dow Chemical Co. executive Peter C. Wright at the EPA. The Senate confirmed Wright on July 11 to head the agency’s Office of Land and Emergency Management.

To contact the reporter on this story: Pat Rizzuto in Washington at prizzuto@bloombergenvironment.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory Henderson at ghenderson@bloombergenvironment.com; Susan Bruninga at sbruninga@bloombergenvironment.com; Rob Tricchinelli at rtricchinelli@bloombergenvironment.com