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EPA Names Former PG&E Attorney To Head West Coast Office

San Francisco Chronicle-

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday named John W. Busterud, a former PG&E attorney, to head its West Coast office, replacing Mike Stoker who was ousted from the post last week.

Busterud, a resident of Marin County, will oversee the agency’s Region 9, and will be charged with heading up federal health and environmental regulation in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and much of the West’s Indian tribal lands.

Under President Trump, the Region 9 office has been in an unusually antagonistic position with California, recently taking issue with water pollution in San Francisco that ithe president blamed on homeless people. Former employees of the agency and some members of Congress have asked for a federal investigation into whether the scrutiny is political.

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