Obama appoints Enck federal EPA administrator

Albany – A DEC official who has generally been regarded as an
enemy of sportsmen in New York is leaving the department to take a
federal job.

Judith Enck, DEC’s deputy secretary for the environment, is
leaving that post to serve as administrator for the Environmental
Protection Agency’s Region 2, which includes New York, New Jersey,
Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and seven tribal nations.

Enck was seen as the architect of a plan last year to close the
state’s last remaining pheasant farm, a move that was ultimately
scrapped amid widespread sportsmen opposition and a lawsuit filed
by the Conservation Alliance of New York.

In addition to the proposal to close the Reynolds Game Farm in
Ithaca, Enck was also seen as the driving force behind a plan to
send the leftover pheasants to area food banks – another piece of
the proposal that was shelved amid strong criticism from the
sporting community.

George Pavlou, EPA_Region 2’s deputy regional administrator,
said Enck was “delighted and humbled” to accept President Obama’s
appointment to the EPA post.

“I look forward to working closely with Judith Enck on the range
of urgent environmental issues we face, in Region 2 and across the
nation,”_EPA_Administrator Lisa P._Jackson said. “At this moment of
challenge and even greater opportunity, I’m thrilled that Judith
will be a part of our leadership team at EPA. She will certainly
play an instrumental role in our agency’s mission to protect our
health and the environment.”

Enck has nearly 30 years of experience in the environmental
field. She was appointed to the DEC post in 2007, but prior to that
worked for eight years as a policy adviser to the New York State
attorney general, for five years as executive director of
Environmental Advocates of New York, and as senior environmental
associate with the New York Public Research Interest Group.

A New York native who was raised in the Catskills, Enck received
her bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Rose in_Albany. She
resides in Poestenkill with her husband, Mark Dunlea.

Enck could still be deeply involved in sporting issues in New
York. EPA, for example, has developed a Shooting Range Best
Management Practices program to ensure ranges aren’t causing lead
pollution in ground and water. And as a Region 2 official for the
EPA, she would still oversee activities in New York relating to the
environment.

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