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New EPA administrator has been part of EPA for 24 years

Prior to becoming Administrator, Johnson has been a part of the EPA for 24 years. He was Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances from June 2001 to July 2003. He had also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) since May 1997.

Other senior level positions held by Mr. Johnson at the EPA include: Director of OPP’s Field Operations Division, Deputy Director of OPP’s Hazard Evaluation Division and Executive Secretary of the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Mr. Johnson also has represented the EPA in various national and international pesticide forums sponsored by the United Nations’ World Health Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has held staff and management positions in the EPA’s Office of Research and Development and Office of Toxic Substances.

Source: Official EPA biography, www.epa.gov , May 2, 2005

Academic training in life sciences

Prior to joining the EPA, Mr. Johnson served as the Director of Operations at Hazelton Laboratories Corporation and Litton Bionetics.

He has received numerous awards and commendations, capped in 2001 when Johnson received the Presidential Rank Award for distinguished executives for sustained extraordinary accomplishments. This is the highest award that can be given to a civilian federal employee. In 1997 he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for meritorious executives for sustained accomplishments, which is the second highest federal employee award.

Johnson also received the EPA’s Excellence in Management Award, seven bronze medals, and the silver medal for superior service as well as the Vice President’s Hammer Award for streamlining the pesticide registration program.

Johnson was born on March 21, 1951 in Washington, DC. He received a B.A. in Biology from Taylor University in Indiana and an M.S. in Pathology from George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Source: Official EPA biography, www.epa.gov , May 2, 2005

EPA goals: promote science to solve enviro problems

Stephen L. Johnson was sworn in as the 11th Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on May 2, 2005. He assumed the position with the stated goal of promoting and maintaining the utilization of sound science while using collaborative, innovative approaches to solving environmental problems. The EPA implements and enforces the nation’s federal environmental laws and regulations; the Agency has over 18,000 employees nationwide and an annual budget of $8.6 billion.
Source: Official EPA biography, www.epa.gov , May 2, 2005

First scientist to head EPA

The next chief of the Bush EPA wasn’t expected to have more than a dewdrop’s chance in hell of widespread acceptance in the disgruntled environmental community. So it came as a surprise on Friday when the president tapped respected scientist and 24-year EPA veteran Stephen Johnson to captain the agency, and an array of green leaders issued favorable -- even rapturous -- reviews.

The typically combative leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee also set aside their differences to voice collective support of the nomination. Industry representatives were complimentary as well.

Johnson, who has held a number of leadership positions in EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, has spent much of his career implementing the nation’s pesticide and toxics laws. Not only is Johnson largely free of industry ties, he’s the first career employee and scientist ever to be nominated as EPA administrator.

Source: Let Us Now Praise Innocuous Men, Gristmill Muckraker blog , Mar 8, 2005

Bush: “Lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship”

Steve Johnson is a talented scientist and skilled manager with a lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship. He has 24 years of experience at the EPA, spanning all four decades of the agency’s history. He knows the EPA from the ground up, and has a passion for its mission. I’ve come to know Steve as an innovative problem-solver with good judgment and complete integrity. I’m proud to ask him to become the first career EPA employee to hold the office of Administrator.
Source: Pres. Bush’s nomination speech for Johnson , Dec 9, 2004

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