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Trump Fills EPA Vacancy with Dow Chemical Lawyer

Peter C. Wright will serve as assistant administrator for land and emergency management.

President Donald Trump has selected Peter C. Wright to serve as assistant administrator for land and emergency management at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wright has been a corporate lawyer at Dow Chemical Co. since 1999.

According to an analysis of EPA data by The Associated Press, Dow and Dupont, which merged last year, are responsible parties for more than 100 of the toxic sites slated for or undergoing cleanup in the U.S. Wright is scheduled to meet with EPA’s ethics office to discuss any potential conflicts of interest that may stem from his new position.

The New York Times has more information:

If confirmed by the Senate, Wright would oversee the EPA office that responds to such large-scale national emergences as oil spills and unauthorized releases of chemicals or radioactive materials. Wright would also oversee the Superfund hazardous waste cleanup program.

Dow merged with rival DuPont last year, creating the world's largest chemical maker. The companies are also financially responsible for cleaning up toxic sites where they caused pollution.

At Dow, Wright has served as managing counsel for environmental health and safety, as well as the company's principle counsel for mergers and acquisitions. Wright also advised Dow on Superfund cleanups.

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