Trump administration picks new EPA chief for New Jersey and New York

NJ Environment News, Trump Pruitt

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – A New York lawmaker was tapped Thursday by the Trump administration to lead the important U.S. Environmental Protection Agency office that oversees New Jersey’s leading-the-nation 114 Superfund sites.

The selection of New York Assemblyman Pete Lopez, a Republican, as EPA Region 2 administrator goes against tradition that a New Jersey resident would be chosen for the job following the seven-year tenure of New Yorker Judith Enck, an Obama appointee. The appointment usually swings between each state when there is a vacancy.

Along with New York and New Jersey, Region 2 also oversees Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, both rocked hard by hurricanes.

EPA Region 2 staff was informed of Lopez’s selection in a staff-wide email Thursday morning. He starts Oct. 10 …

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