Governor appoints new CalEPA Secretary

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, July 15, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Matthew Rodriguez as the new Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA).  CalEPA includes the California Air Resources Board, the State Water Resources Control Board, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, The Department of Pesticide Regulation and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

Rodriguez will replace former Governor Schwarzenegger appointee and Acting CalEPA Secretary Linda Adams.  Rodriguez previously served as the Chief Deputy Attorney General under current Attorney General Kamala Harris and also worked for Governor Jerry Brown when he served as Attorney General.  Reports credit Rodriquez as an environmental legal specialist who has represented such agencies as the California Coastal Commission and State Lands Commission and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission during his tenure with the Attorney General’s office – which spans back to 1987.  His reputation is that of a fine litigator but he is relatively unknown to the business community.

Mr. Rodriguez is a Democrat and his appointment requires Senate confirmation.

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