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Release Date: 11/25/1997
Contact Information: Alice Kaufman, EPA Press Office, (617) 918-1064

Boston - Carl Dierker has been named Regional Counsel for EPA's New England Office, John P. DeVillars, EPA's New England administrator, announced today. Mr. Dierker will begin his service at EPA shortly after the new year.

"He will be a terrific addition to our team," said DeVillars. " He is a very committed environmentalist who has proven himself to be both a successful innovator and an effective manager. Carl is deeply experienced in environmental law. He has led the effort in Massachusetts to significantly strengthen legal protections for coastal resources, and most recently has helped re-engineer the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's organization to better position that agency to implement multi-media permitting, enforcement and assistance programs."

During his almost 20 year tenure at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Mr. Dierker has served in numerous capacities, most recently as the Assistant Commissioner in the Bureau of Waste Prevention. In this position, Mr. Dierker managed the state regulatory office responsible for industrial sources of pollution , including the divisions of air quality control, hazardous waste, industrial wastewater, solid waste and recycling, and toxic use reduction. Under his leadership, the Bureau has implemented the Environmental Results Program -- a multi-media self-certification effort targeted at small businesses -- and the development of an enhanced automobile inspection and maintenance program.

Prior to this work, Mr. Dierker served as the Director for the Division of Wetlands and Waterways, where he managed the Commonwealth's efforts to protect statewide coastal and inland wetland resources and promote public access to coastal and inland waters. In 1983, he drafted some of the strictest state-based inland wetland protection regulations in the nation. And in 1990, he overhauled the state's waterways regulations to promote more fully the exercise of the public's historic trust rights in tidelands, great ponds and rivers.

Mr. Dierker is a graduate of Williams College and Boston College Law School. He received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, having received the Bradford Fellowship for the Enhancement of Excellence in Public Administration. He is also active in the environmental section of the Boston Bar Association, having served on its steering committee for the past three years.