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Kathy Callahan to Oversee EPA Region 2

Release Date: 11/23/2004
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Contact: Mary Mears 212-637-3673 /

(11/23/2004) Deputy Regional Administrator Kathy Callahan will assume responsibilities as Acting Region 2 Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency replacing outgoing Regional Administrator Jane Kenny. Ms. Kenny previously announced her resignation, which is effective on Nov. 26, 2004.

Ms. Callahan has been with EPA since 1971, building a career within the Agency’s Region 2 office that began in the enforcement division and saw her rise to deputy regional administrator in November 2003. Prior to serving as deputy, Ms. Callahan was the director of the Region's divisions of Environmental Planning and Protection and Superfund. She also served as assistant regional administrator for New York City Response and Recovery Operations – a position she assumed after playing a vital role in directing EPA’s environmental response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

As acting regional administrator, Ms. Callahan will oversee close to 1,000 EPA employees and an annual budget of approximately $750 million. EPA’s Region 2 administers federal environmental programs in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and seven federally recognized Indian Nations.