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Jack Hoffbuhr, executive director, American Water Works Association (AWWA), today released the following statement about the resignation of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christie Whitman.
"On behalf of the 57,000 members of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), we salute EPA Administrator Christie Whitman for her public service and we wish her the best of luck in her future pursuits.
"Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, AWWAs water utility membership has worked in partnership with Administrator Whitman and the EPA to assure that Americas water supply is safe from the threat of terrorism. The successful mobilization of expertise, training, resources and funding to begin the water utility security vulnerability assessment and emergency response planning process is a reflection of Administrator Whitmans dedication and commitment to assuring that Americas water supply is the safest and most secure in the world.
"AWWA feels fortunate to have had an EPA Administrator who was knowledgeable and responsive to our utility memberships concerns and challenges to keeping Americas water supply clean, safe and healthy.
"Challenges still remain and AWWA encourages the Bush Administration to consider the selection of a new EPA Administrator that reflects a commitment to supporting the efforts of Americas water utilities."