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Subject: Green Chemistry Leader to Head EPA Research

Green Chemistry Leader to Head EPA Research

Paul Anastas, the Director of Yale University's Center for Green  
Chemistry and Green Engineering and Teresa and H. John Heinz III  
Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, has been  
selected by President Obama as EPA's Assistant Administrator for  
Research and Development.  He will lead EPA's Office of Research and  
Development (ORD), which is the scientific research arm of EPA.

Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas is credited with  
establishing the field of "green chemistry" =97 a term he coined in 1991 
=97 during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA), where he was the chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch in  
EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances and  
director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. =46rom 1999 to 2004,  
during the Clinton administration, he was the assistant director for  
the environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology  
Policy. He then served as the founding director of the Green Chemistry  

Institute, headquartered at the American Chemical Society. While  
there, he established 24 green chemistry chapters in countries around  

the world, including China, Ethiopia, India, Japan and South Africa.

Green chemistry is the study of how to design chemical products and  
processes in ways that are sustainable and not harmful for humans and  

the environment. Dr. Anastas spoke about green chemistry at NCSE's  
2007 national conference: Integrating Environment and Human Health.

Dr. Anastas told NCSE that if confirmed, he would "always fight for  
scientists". NCSE congratulates Dr. Anastas on his nomination and  
looks forward to working with him when he is confirmed as Assistant  

EPA's Office of Research & Development (ORD) is organized into three  
national laboratories, four national centers, and two offices located  

in 14 facilities around the country and inWashington, D.C. These labs,  

centers, and offices provide information and technical support to EPA  

program offices, regions, state/municipal/tribal governments, and  
other agencies performing environmental research, assessment, and risk  

management. ORD scientists also collaborate with private-sector  
partners to address important environmental issues. The National  
Center for Environmental Research supports EPA's Science To Achieve  
Results (STAR) research and fellowship program.


David E. Blockstein, Ph.D.
Executive Secretary, Council of Environmental Deans and Directors
Senior Scientist
National Council for Science and the Environment
1101 17 St. NW #250
Washington, DC 20036
202-207-0004 direct | 202-530-5810 general

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