On Friday the White House announced President Donald Trump will be nominating a senior attorney at Dow Chemical Co. to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s office that is responsible for highly contaminated Superfund sites.
Peter Wright would lead the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management if confirmed by the Senate. The office’s responsibilities include the Superfund program, the brownfield program for redeveloping sites, emergency response operations, landfill regulation and also underground storage tanks.
In a statement from Scott Pruitt in a Hill report, he said:
“Peter is exceptionally qualified to lead the Office of Land and Emergency Management, he has the expertise and experience necessary to implement our ambitious goals for cleaning up the nation’s contaminated lands quickly and thoroughly.”
Since being appointed, Pruitt has made the Superfund program a priority for his time at the EPA. The agency currently has more than 1,300 sites on its priority list, and Pruitt has accused the Obama administration of not doing enough to clean them up. Leaving potentially more environmental hazards for public health.
If confirmed, Wright would potentially be overseeing sites that Dow is responsible for cleaning up. The EPA has identified contaminated sites in California, Michigan and elsewhere as places that Dow is potentially responsible for.
Ethics guidelines may require Wright to recuse himself from matters relating to Dow, which merged last year with DuPont Co.
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