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President Names Campbell New EPA Regional Administrator

Release Date: 12/15/1999
Contact Information: Patrick Boyle, (215) 814-5533

Patrick Boyle, (215) 814-5533

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner today announced that President Clinton has appointed Bradley M. Campbell, 38, to succeed W. Michael McCabe as regional administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region.

The new regional administrator will be responsible for environmental protection in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Mr. McCabe was promoted to deputy administrator of the U. S. EPA, the national agency’s No. 2 job, and has moved to the Washington D.C. headquarters.

"Bradley Campbell is a native of Philadelphia and an extremely experienced and qualified environmental manager. He brings to this important job a real commitment to the continued protection of public health and the environment for the people of the mid-Atlantic region and their communities," Browner said.

Campbell comes from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), where he has been associate director for toxics and environmental protection. CEQ serves as the principal advisor to the president and vice president on environmental policy, and coordinates the work of federal agencies on environmental matters.

Prior to his White House service, he was an attorney-advisor in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U. S. Department of Justice.

Campbell was born in Northeast Philadelphia, where he attended the Friends' Central School. Following graduation from Amherst College and the University of Chicago Law School, Mr. Campbell had an active criminal and civil litigation practice that included extensive representation of environmental organizations concerned with the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Campbell co-founded the Common Ground Community Housing Development Co. In New York City, and chairs the board of the Echo Hill Outdoor School in Worton, Maryland.

At the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Campbell helped coordinate administration policy and legislation on Superfund, hazardous waste, safe drinking water, pesticide and food safety, brownfields, wetlands, and community right to know. Mr. Campbell also oversaw issues involving agriculture, federal facilities and environmental justice.

In the course of his five-year tenure at CEQ, Campbell represented the White House in a wide range of efforts to better protect the environment and to reform the regulatory system. He helped develop President Clinton's brownfields initiative, negotiated Superfund issues with Congress, and led reforms of hazardous waste laws and of environmental liability for lenders.

He was the White House’s lead representative to the 104th Congress in amending the Safe Drinking Water Act and in enacting the Food Quality Protection Act and pipeline safety reforms. He also developed and coordinated President Clinton's initiatives for reinventing environmental regulations, enhancing wetlands protection, and ensuring the public’s right to know about environmental hazards.

Recent achievements include the Clinton Administration’s recent overhaul of wetlands protections; development of Vice President Gore’s Earth Day initiative to provide the public with basic health information on 2,800 chemicals in high-volume industrial use; a four-year toxic cleanup initiative announced by President Clinton; development of a multi-agency clean water action plan; launch of two major Clinton Administration initiatives to address environmental justice concerns in Los Angeles and New York City; and state-federal agreements to protect water quality. He also negotiated an administration plan to resolve a decade-long dispute over economic and environmental issues surrounding dredging in the Port of New York and New Jersey. And he developed legislation for the 105th Congress to authorize alternative environmental compliance.

During his service at the U.S. Department of Justice, Campbell served as lead counsel in several prominent cases, including defense of the lender liability rule under CERCLA (Kelley v. EPA); trial of the leading CERCLA enforcement case involving lender liability (United States v. Fleet Factors); and the successful defense of challenges under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Uruguay Round Agreement under the auspices of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. This work earned Mr. Campbell numerous awards from the department and other agencies.

In 1993, Campbell received the 1993 Arthur Fleming Award for distinguished government service, which is based on a national competition. In that year, he also received the John Marshall Award, the Justice Department's highest honor.

An alumnus of Amherst College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1983) and the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1987), where he was an editor of the Law Review, Campbell clerked for the Honorable Carl McGowan of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Campbell also spent several years in private practice.