U.S. Senate Confirms David Ross to Lead EPA Water Office

The nomination and confirmation won support from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt recently praised the U.S. Senate’s action to confirm David Ross to serve as the assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water.
Pruitt said Ross has a record of holding polluters accountable and navigating through complex environmental law on behalf of the state of Wisconsin.

“His expertise will be vital to the agency as we look to keep our water clean and provide regulatory certainty for the stakeholder community,” he said. “I want to thank Leader Mitch McConnell and Chairman John Barrasso for moving Mr. Ross through the confirmation process, and I look forward to the numerous contributions David will bring to the Agency’s water office.”

On Oct. 25, 2017, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, led by Sen. Barrasso, advanced David Ross’s nomination out of committee.

Ross will lead the water office and take responsibility for many of the agency’s water-related initiatives. He currently serves as director of the Environmental Protection Unit for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. He also previously served as a senior assistant attorney general in the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, where he represented the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality on water quality matters. 

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) congratulated Ross on his nomination, saying he’s won bipartisan praise from environmental officials. “The association looks forward to working with him to advance NACWA’s clean water priorities pending Senate confirmation,” wrote NACWA in a press release.


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