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Clinton Taps Senator’s Daughter, Four Others for EPA Posts

July 16, 1993

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton has chosen five nominees including a Democratic senator’s daughter for top posts at the Environmental Protection Agency, the administration announced.

The White House said Clinton will nominate Shelly Metzenbaum, daughter of Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum, D-Ohio, as associate administrator for regional operations and state and local relations.

Metzenbaum, most recently was undersecretary for management and budget in the Massachusetts office of environmental affairs and previously worked as an economic development specialist for the State of Arkansas when Clinton was governor.

Metzenbaum, 41, is an honors graduate of Stanford University and recently earned a doctorate from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, according to Nancy Coffey, the Ohio senator’s press secretary.

Other nominees:

-Environmental attorney Elliot Laws as assistant administrator for solid waste and emergency response, the division that handles EPA’s much-criticized Superfund cleanup program for abandoned hazardous waste sites.

Laws, a partner in a Washington law firm, worked as a trial attorney in the Justice Department and in EPA’s enforcement division. And expert on clean water law, he also was assistant district attorney for New York County.

-Mary Nichols, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, as assistant administrator for air and radiation.

Nichols was California’s secretary for environmental affairs and chair of the California Air Resources Board from 1979-82. A one-time journalist with The Wall Street Journal, she also is a former assistant city attorney for Los Angeles.

-Robert Perciasepe, Maryland’s secretary of the environment, as assistant administrator for water. Before joining the state government, he was chief of planning for Baltimore.

-EPA official Jonathan Cannon as assistant administrator for administration and resources management. Cannon, a special adviser to Administrator Carol Browner, has worked in the agency since 1987, and previously was a private attorney and professor of environmental law at the University of Virginia and at Washington and Lee.

Members of Congress have complained about the lack of top level administrators in place at EPA at a time when important environmental issues, like clean water and Superfund, are being considered in legislation.

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