US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa P. Jackson has named Glenn Paulson to be the next EPA science advisor. “We are very fortunate to have Dr Paulson joining us as science advisor. His work over the years has demonstrated knowledge of how environmental and health challenges affect individuals, communities and vast ecosystems and how we can use science and technology to remedy those challenges. As we carry on in our mission to protect the health and the environment for all Americans, Dr Paulson will be an important part of our work,” said Ms Jackson announcing the appointment.
Dr Paulson replaces Paul Anastas, EPA's previous science director. However, Lek Kadeli continues as acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Research & Development another post held by Mr Anastas, who returned to his post at Yale University earlier this year.
Dr Paulson holds a doctorate in environmental sciences and ecology from The Rockefeller University. He has been director of the Center for Hazardous Waste Management at the Illinois Institute of Technology, associate dean for research at the New Jersey School of Public Health, and director of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Center for Public Heath Preparedness.
He has served as New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection assistant commissioner for science and has extensive experience managing hazardous materials emergency response, site assessment and cleanup at Superfund sites and brownfields. In addition, Mr Paulson founded his own environmental and energy consultancy and worked as director as of Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)’s Scientific Support Program and as National Audubon Society senior vice president.
The American Chemistry Council said it is “committed to working with Dr Paulson in his new role to ensure that sound science is the foundation for EPA's decisions regarding chemicals and their potential impact on human health and the environment.” Responding to the appointment, NRDC president Frances Beinecke said Dr Paulson “will bring to the EPA a lifelong commitment to the integrity of science when it comes to making the best decisions to protect our air, water, lands, wildlife and our health.”