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New Assistant Administrator Confirmed for Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

Release Date: 12/19/2005
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Contact: Kerry Humphrey, (202) 564-4355 /

(Washington, D.C. - Dec. 19, 2005) Susan P. Bodine will be the new assistant administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response for the Environmental Protection Agency. Bodine was nominated by President Bush on June 28, 2005 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 17, 2005.

In this position, Bodine will be responsible for EPA's programs on hazardous and solid waste management, hazardous waste cleanup including RCRA corrective action, Superfund and federal facilities cleanup and redevelopment, brownfields, oil spill prevention and response, chemical accident prevention and preparedness, underground storage tanks, and emergency response. Thomas P. Dunne, the Deputy AA for OSWER, had been serving as the Acting AA since Bodine's nomination on June 28, 2005.

Bodine comes from the U.S. House of Representatives on the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure where she served as the staff director and senior counsel. Prior to that, she served for six years as a counsel to the subcommittee. Susan also worked for the law office of Covington and Burling, where she specialized in environmental law. Bodine earned an A.B. degree from Princeton University and her J.D. degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson praised Bodine's background: "Susan's years of experience on environmental issues will be an excellent asset as the agency works to accelerate the pace of environmental progress."

Bodine is expected to begin her new post in early January 2006.