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Marcia Mulkey Returns to Philadelphia as Chief Lawyer for EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Region

Release Date: 10/21/2009
Contact Information: William Smith, 215-814-2690 Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543,

PHILADELPHIA (October 21, 2009) -- After 11 years and several key national leadership positions in the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Marcia E. Mulkey is returning to Philadelphia this month to serve as regional counsel for EPA Region III – the agency’s mid-Atlantic region. Her predecessor in this position, William C. Early, has been appointed deputy regional administrator of EPA Region III, the region’s top career post.

The regional counsel position, which Ms. Mulkey held from 1988 to 1998, involves responsibility for enforcing U.S. environmental laws throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Ms. Mulkey will also manage the 85-lawyer Office of Regional Counsel, which provides legal representation and counsel to EPA Region III programs on a wide range of enforcement, regulatory, permitting, contracts, grants, and personnel matters. As regional counsel, Ms. Mulkey will work closely with senior officials at EPA, the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys Offices, and state environmental agencies on her agency’s top environmental and enforcement priorities – including clean air and water, land preservation and restoration, healthy communities, and compliance and environmental stewardship. She will work with other federal and state agencies on national and regional issues, such as implementation of the Recovery Act of 2009, addressing global climate change, and cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

A Harvard Law School graduate, Ms. Mulkey began her EPA career in the headquarters’ Office of General Counsel. Through the years, she served in senior positions in that office as well as serving as the director of EPA’s Office of Pesticides Programs, Office of Site Remediation Enforcement, and National Enforcement Training Institute. During the recent transition of administrations, she was acting associate administrator for policy, economics and innovation and she has also served special assignments with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the government of the Netherlands, and Temple Law School. She has twice been recognized with Presidential Rank Awards.

Ms. Mulkey is enthusiastic about her return to the full-time practice of law, to the Philadelphia legal community, and to her many colleagues, old and new, at EPA and its partners in federal, state and local government, and the broader environmental protection community.