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Lamont taps top regulator for top environment job

December 27, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov.-elect Ned Lamont has tapped a former deputy commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to oversee the agency.

The Democrat announced Thursday that he is nominating Katie Dykes for the top job. Dykes has served as chairwoman of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority since 2016, where she regulates both the rates and services of the state’s electric, natural gas, water and telecommunications companies.

Besides serving as DEEP’s deputy commissioner, she has also been the deputy general counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as a legal adviser to the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dykes is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

Her nomination needs approval by the General Assembly. Lamont takes office on Jan. 9.

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