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EPA Announces Regional Administrator for Region 2

Release Date: Nov. 5, 2009
Contact Information: Bonnie Bellow 212-637-3660; or Mary Mears 212-637-3673 or (cell)

(New York, NY) Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced President Barack Obama’s selection of Judith Enck to be the Agency’s Regional Administrator for EPA’s region 2. This region encompasses New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and seven Tribal Nations.

"I look forward to working closely with Judith Enck on the range of urgent environmental issues we face, in region 2 and across the nation," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "At this moment of great challenge and even greater opportunity, I'm thrilled that Judith will be part of our leadership team at EPA. She will certainly play an instrumental role in our Agency's mission to protect our health and the environment."

Regional Administrators for the EPA are responsible for managing the Agency’s regional activities. They promote state and local environmental protection efforts and serve as a liaison to state and local government officials. EPA’s Regional Administrators will be tasked with making sure that EPA's efforts to address the environmental crises of today are rooted in three fundamental values: science-based policies and programs, adherence to the rule of law, and transparency.

Judith Enck has close to 30 years of experience in the environmental field. Enck has served as the Deputy Secretary for the Environment in New York State since 2007. Prior to that, she worked for eight years as a policy advisor to the Attorney General of New York, for five years as the Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York, and as a Senior Environmental Associate with the New York Public Interest Research Group. She also serves on a number of boards in New York, including the New York State Energy Board and the New York State Superfund Management Board. Enck, who received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Rose, lives in Poestenkill, New York.