• President George W. Bush has nominated Marcus Peacock to become the Washington-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's deputy administrator. He currently serves as associate director for natural resources, energy and science at the Office of Management and Budget.

  • Consulting firm Kleinfelder, San Diego, has hired William “Kent” Hedges as a regional environmental manager in its Temecula, Calif., office. He previously was a Civil Engineer Corps officer for the Navy.

  • Sister companies Tierra Verde Industries and E-Recycling of California, Irvine, Calif., have hired Kevin McCarthy as business development manager for their recycling operations.

  • Caterpillar's Large Power Systems division, Mossville, Ill, has appointed James Halloran as California regulatory affairs manager.

  • SCS Engineers, Long Beach, Calif., has appointed Mark D. Varljen as vice president. He will continue to work out of the company's Bellevue, Wash., office.