STATEMENT OF SENATOR PAUL S. SARBANES
SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS HEARING
NOMINATION OF J. CHARLES FOX TO SERVE AS ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR WATER AT THE U. S. EPA
JULY 30, 1998

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for this opportunity to present and express my strong support for Charles Fox, the President's and the EPA Administrator's nominee for Assistant Administrator for Water.

I first came to know Chuck Fox in the early 1980's when he served as the Chesapeake Bay Project Director for the Environmental Policy Institute, a not-for-profit environmental organization. At that time, the Chesapeake Bay Agreement was just being crafted and we were working together with Senator Mathias and Senator Warner as well as the Committee Chairman, Senator Chafee, to draft the original legislation authorizing EPA's participation in the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort. I want to thank the Chairman, Senator Baucus and Senator Warner for approving several new measures recently to restore and protect the Bay, including the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act and the Gateways and Watertrails Act. Chuck played an important role in helping to develop the intergovernmental partnership and watershed management approach which have become the hallmark of the Chesapeake Bay Program and the standard for restoration in other degraded coastal environments.

Over the past fifteen years, Chuck has held increasingly important and responsible positions with other non-profit organizations and in public service. As Chief of Staff of the EPA Office of Water, Assistant Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment and most recently, EPA Associate Administrator, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience managing people and budgets, working with Members of Congress and public and private sector organizations. In every instance, he has demonstrated exceptional talent, ingenuity, political acumen and leadership abilities that would be a tremendous asset for the Administration and for this important position.

In my judgment, Chuck would make a significant contribution in addressing the challenges facing the EPA as we move into the next century. I am confident that his longtime involvement in environmental issues, combined with his experience and commitment to the public interest, will make him an effective and skillful Assistant Administrator. I urge the Committee to favorably and swiftly report this nomination to the full Senate.