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EPA Names DiPasquale Director of Chesapeake Bay Program

Release Date: 07/08/2011
Contact Information: Roy Seneca seneca.roy@epa.gov (215) 814-5567

PHILADELPHIA (July 8, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the selection of Nicholas DiPasquale of Harrington, Del. as the new Director of EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program.

“Nick has the leadership skills, experience and commitment we need to build on our progress in restoring and protecting one of our great natural treasures.” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin in making the announcement. “His expertise will serve us and our partners well as we accelerate efforts to safeguard the Chesapeake Bay and its living resources.”

DiPasquale has extensive environmental and regulatory experience, having served as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control from 1999 to 2002. He has also served as Deputy Secretary in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and as Director of the Environmental Management Center for the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pa.

Most recently, DiPasquale has worked in the private sector serving as senior consultant with Duffield Associates in Wilmington, Del., providing services and advice to clients regarding regulatory issues, permitting, and ecological restoration.

“Restoring our nation’s largest estuary presents an enormous challenge, but also a tremendous opportunity,” DiPasquale said. “I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with the states, local governments and all stakeholders in protecting the Bay, as well as local waterways throughout the watershed.”

DiPasquale holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the State University of New York, and a master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from Washington University in St. Louis. His appointment will be effective next month.

EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program coordinates activities and implements strategies for meeting the restoration goals of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which covers 64,000 square miles across New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.