Bush Makes EPA Appointments

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President George W. Bush announced nominations to key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency last week, including Linda Fisher as deputy administrator, George Tracey Mehan III for assistant administrator for water and Jeffrey R. Holmstead to head the Office of Air and Radiation. The president also named Stephen L. Johnson for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. Still outstanding, from the municipal perspective, is a designee for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. All nominees are subject to confirmation by the Senate, which hopes to complete the process before the July 4th recess.

Fisher who, when confirmed, will serve as second-in-command at EPA, served in the agency in the first Bush administration as chief of staff, assistant administrator for policy, planning and evaluation, and headed up the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. More recently she was vice president of government affairs for Monsanto. Fisher, who also practiced law in Washington, D.C., is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and holds a law degree from Ohio State University.

Mehan, whom Bush has designated to head EPA's Office of Water, is the director of Michigan's Office of Great Lakes, a cabinet position in Governor John Engler's administration. …