New EPA chief
|In this story, Anthony York reports that Mary Ann Warmerdam is likely the next head of the state's Environmental Protectional Agency.|
Most of the speculation about the new head of CalEPA has focused on Mary Ann Warmerdam. Warmerdam, a former Farm Bureau lobbyist who now heads the Department of Pesticide Regulation, has received a tentative thumbs-up from environmentalists, a sign that she would likely sail through the confirmation process were the governor to pick her to be the new secretary.
"She has started to turn DPR into the type of department that it should be," says the Sierra Club's Bill Magavern. "She has been inclusive and attentive to public participation. She's been more aggressive on enforcement. She's recognized the importance of urban pesticide use. I think she's capable and accessible and someone we could work with as secretary."