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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), delivered the following remarks at a hearing on the nomination of Alexandra Dunn to be assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Senator Barrasso’s remarks:
“Today, we will consider the nomination of Alexandra Dunn to be assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
“Ms. Dunn is a well qualified nominee and will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to this critically important position.
“I commend President Trump for nominating such an accomplished American and dedicated public servant.
“EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention protects the American people and the environment from potential risks posed by pesticides and toxic chemicals.
“The office implements the Toxic Substances Control Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Pollution Prevention Act, and portions of other important environmental statutes.
“Ms. Dunn has an outstanding resume and is well qualified to lead this essential work at the agency.
“As the current regional administrator for EPA’s Region 1, Ms. Dunn is in charge of federal environmental protection efforts in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and ten tribal nations.
“Previously, she built her career over two decades in a number of leadership roles in environmental law, legislation, policy, and regulatory affairs.
“Those roles included: executive director and general counsel of the Environmental Council of the States; executive director and general counsel of the Association of Clean Water Administrators; and general counsel of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
“Ms. Dunn has also served as chairwoman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.
“Two former Obama Administration assistant attorneys general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division have enthusiastically support Ms. Dunn’s nomination.
“Ignacia Moreno, who served in that position during President Obama’s first term, wrote that Ms. Dunn would make ‘an outstanding assistant administrator.’
“John Cruden who served in the position during President Obama’s second term, wrote, ‘she will bring great management skills, a passion for the environment, and the ability to work cooperatively with states, environmental groups, industry, and academi.’
“He goes on to say, ‘I can say, without any hesitation, that Alexandra Dunn is supremely well qualified, will be a great and good force for positive environmental action, and will be someone who carefully reviews, abides by, and implements the law.’
“Twenty-one former chairs of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources jointly wrote in support of Ms. Dunn’s nomination.
“As did Todd Parfit, the director of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, and numerous other leaders and stakeholders from across the political spectrum.
“So I look forward to hearing from Ms. Dunn as the committee considers her nomination.”