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ADEQ director: The new environmentalism is sustainability
November 11th, 2010 …. By Phil Riske .. Managing Editor, Rose Law Group Reporter
Read complete article …. http://www.roselawgroup.com/blog/wordpress/?p=16854
Benjamin Grumbles reviews his two years at the Capitol in exclusive interview with Rose Law Group Reporter
After two years on the job as Governor Jan Brewer’s policy advisor for the environment, then director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Benjamin Grumbles is returning to Arlington, Va. at the end of the year, leaving his post for family reasons.
In Washington, Grumbles often was called to testify at congressional hearings as an internationally renowned expert in water conservation and water quality in his role as assistant administrator for the office of water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prior to his years with the EPA, Grumbles, an environmental lawyer, served as deputy chief of staff and environmental counsel for the House Science Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He said he relationship with the Legislature has been a good one, adding that those who don’t believe in global warming have a right to that opinion, but he asks them to consider the scientific facts about the issue.
Grumbles stressed not getting
wrapped up in the climate change debate, but rather concentrating on reducing greenhouse gases and producing green jobs.
Many of his answers to questions during a lengthy interview with Rose Law Group Reporter Nov. 9, Grumbles indicated ADEQ has entered a new age — new approaches — to environmental regulation and enforcement. And he joins many officials in his misgivings about EPA policies and proposals.
Grumbles indicated ADEQ has entered a new age — new approaches — to environmental regulation and enforcement … On this point I concur, but, I would note our conclusions are vastly different. ADEQ is now strictly a FEE $UPPORTED agency and therefore its ability to act in the “public’s” best interest is severely financially restricted.
To believe that ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY will be achieved when for-profit-corporate-interest$ dominate ADEQ is to believe in the “tooth-fairy” or “Santa Claus.”
It just ain’t going to happen under their watch… ! ! !
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