A New (Acting) Chair

Obama Administration moves Christy Goldfuss to chair of CEQ.

Just out from The Hill and WaPo: relative newcomer Christy Goldfuss will assume the top spot at CEQ, at least in an “acting” capacity.  Given the current state of relations on Capitol Hill, it seems unlikely the Administration will want to seek Senate confirmation for this nomination (so she might be “acting” permanently).  Goldfuss has filled several posts in Washington in her career, most recently as a top deputy in the National Park Service (for congressional relations–which should be a plus in her new job).

The Post’s Juliet Eilperin had this to say:

Before joining the administration in fall 2013 Goldfuss worked at the Center for American Progress . . . where she created and directed its public lands project. In that capacity Goldfuss published a slew of policy papers urging the Obama administration to protect as much public land as it was leasing for oil, gas and mineral extraction.

“This is a very thoughtful leader who understands everything from the national parks to conservation to climate change,” said Carol Browner, a distinguished senior fellow at CAP who served as Obama’s top energy and climate adviser during his first two years in office. “She’ll be perfect in the job.”

NEPA needs a skilled and attentive CEQ right now.  Here’s hoping its new Chair is up to the task.

I teach environmental, natural resources, and administrative law at Penn State Law. Before teaching I was an enforcement lawyer at U.S. EPA. Along the way I've done work for environmental nonprofits and written a fair bit about NEPA.
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