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June 16, 2017

James V. Aidala Quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Discussing Henry Darwin’s Appointment as EPA Assistant Deputy Administrator

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On June 16, 2017, James V. Aidala, Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article “Former Arizona Environment Chief Tapped as EPA’s COO.”

[…] Henry Darwin, a longtime government official and former director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, will serve as EPA assistant deputy administrator.

In a statement, EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said Darwin “will focus the agency on providing value to taxpayers by helping us measure performance, improve our processes and solve the issues that matter to Americans.”

He will be involved in defining the EPA’s policy and strategy, [said] James Aidala, a former EPA official in the Clinton administration.

In a 2014 hearing before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Darwin testified against the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration rule that would have put the first carbon dioxide limits on power plants. He said he did not believe the Clean Air Act gave the EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gases as the rule allows.

His experience at the state level could prove helpful to the Trump team if it wants to devolve more power to the states, Aidala, now senior government affairs consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, PC, told Bloomberg BNA. […] [subscription required]