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The White House announced on April 2 the appointment of Thomas V. Skinner as Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Phyllis Harris, the current Acting Assistant Administrator will remain as the Deputy Assistant Administrator.
"Tom's expertise will add strength to our work to motivate compliance by applying consistent and certain enforcement," said Administrator Leavitt. "I also want to thank Phyllis for her skillful management of the agency's enforcement work; we remain focused on results that protect public health and the environment."
Skinner currently is the Regional Administrator for the EPA Region 5 in Chicago and was previously Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency before joining EPA (the federal agency) in 2001.
He holds a juris doctorate degree from Northwestern University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Lawrence University. Mr. Skinner will remain the Great Lakes National Program Manager for the Agency.
Bharat Mathur, the current Deputy Regional Administrator, will be the Acting Regional Administrator for EPA Region 5.