U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
Hearing Statements
Date:   09/13/2006
Statement of James M. Inhofe
Consider Pending Nominations

We are going to hear from 3 nominees this morning. First will be Roger Martella, who has been nominated to be the EPA General Counsel. Mr. Martella currently serves as Principal Deputy General Counsel of the EPA. Prior to joining EPA, he worked for the Department of Justice's (DOJ's) Environment and Natural Resources Division for seven years, leaving as as Principal Counsel for Complex Litigation. He has a substantial background as an environmental attorney and will make an excellent addition to EPA.

We will then hear from Alex Beehler, who has been nominated to be the EPA Inspector General. Mr. Beehler is currently with the Department of Defense, serving as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health. He was also a Trial Attorney with DOJ for ten years. Let me just say that Mr. Beehler is very qualified for this position, and I look forward to having an Inspector General that will a carry out his duties without political bias.

Last, but certainly not lease, we will hear from William Graves, who has been nominated to be a Member of the Board of the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is the 42nd Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Bishop Graves served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Memphis Light Gas & Water, TVA's largest customer. Bishop Graves is nominated to fill the 9th and final slot on the newly reorganized TVA board.

I look forward to hearing from each of you.