Administrator Lee M. Thomas, 1985-1989

Official portrait of Administrator Lee M. Thomas
Official portrait of Administrator Lee M. Thomas

Administrator Thomas served under President Ronald Reagan. Under his leadership, the U.S. signed the Montreal Protocol, pledging to phase out the use of chlorofluorocarbons, and passed rules to phase out lead additives from gasoline. Administrator Thomas led a government-wide task force to coordinate the federal response to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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  • Biography of Lee M. Thomas

  • Statement of Lee M. Thomas before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works - about his goals at EPA

  • Past, Present, and Future: An Interview with Lee M. Thomas

  • November 1985 article "EPA History (1970-1985)" - includes information about Administrator Thomas's tenure