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American Farm Bureau Writes Congress Endorsing Susan Bodine for EPA Asst. Administrator Position

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:15:44 CDT

American Farm Bureau Writes Congress Endorsing Susan Bodine for EPA Asst. Administrator Position American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, sent the following letter to Sen. John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and the committee's ranking member, Sen. Tom Carper, this week expressing his endorsement of Susan Bodine for the position of the Environmental Protection Agency's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance, on behlaf of AFBF organization and its members. You can read the correspondence in full, below.



June 5, 2017


The Honorable John Barrasso, Chairman
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
410 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-6176


The Honorable Tom Carper, Ranking Member
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
456 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-6175



Dear Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper:



The American Farm Bureau Federation strongly supports the nomination of Susan Bodine for the position of the Environmental Protection Agencyís (EPA) Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance (OECA). We urge you to vote in favor of her confirmation.



Susan Bodineís breadth and depth of experience in environmental protection make her an outstanding nominee to lead OECA. She has extensive experience working for Congress in senior legal and policy positions while at the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and later at the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. She also served as the EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response under President Bush. In addition to her Executive Branch and congressional experience, she was a partner at the law firm of Barnes and Thornburg, where she was a well-respected and effective legal counsel to our nationís resource users.



In her decades of experience in private practice, for Congress and EPA, Susan Bodine has proven her leadership skills and her deep understanding of our nationís environmental laws and how they affect ordinary citizens and small businesses. She has shown leadership in working toward solutions with groups on all sides of the many controversies that entangle environmental protection. We believe she will strictly enforce our nationís environmental laws, using the hammer when necessary. We also believe she will bring back an effective yet underutilized tool in EPAís toolbox - compliance assistance. Farmers and ranchers across the nation look forward to a new era of firm, but fair enforcement.



For EPA to achieve the goals set forth by President Trump and Administrator Pruitt, EPA needs a strong leadership team. We believe Susan Bodine is an excellent choice and we urge her swift confirmation.



Sincerely,



Zippy Duvall
President




Source - The American Farm Bureau Federation





   

 

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