EPA names new regional administrator for Region 8
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced the election of James
B. Martin to be the regional administrator for EPA’s Region 8.
This region encompasses Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South
Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 Tribal Nations.
Martin has worked in the environmental field for more than 20
years, most of them spent in Colorado. He most recently was the
executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources,
managing and administering a department of more than 2,000 employees
that oversee the state’s environmental protection policies.
He was also the executive director of the Colorado Department
of Public Health and Environment. There he managed an organization
of 1,225 employees with a budget of $470 million, with responsibility
over both state environmental and public health programs.
From 2005 to 2007, he managed a non-profit organization that
focuses on energy, public lands, and water issues. In 2004, he
headed the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of
Colorado School of Law where he managed an interdisciplinary
public policy think tank with a staff of lawyers, economists
and scientists. He also taught advanced seminars on energy law
and policy and land use planning.
Martin spent a decade as the senior attorney for the Environmental
Defense Fund in Boulder, Colorado and Oakland, California. Earlier
in his career, he was State Director for then United States Senator