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Jimmy Kemp Named to National Advisory Committee

Release Date: 06/17/2004
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353,
Mr. Jimmy Kemp, County Engineer for Winston and Newton Counties in Mississippi, has been named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Local Government Advisory Committee. The Committee provides EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt with advice and recommendations to help build partnerships with local governments to better protect the nation's environment. Mr. Kemp will be one of 31 representatives from different regions of the country who will meet on a regular basis with EPA.

Mr. Kemp, of Kemp & Associates, served two terms as Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi prior to his current position. He also served on a FACA for the Federal Highway Administration and on the Board of Directors for the US Conference of Mayors. He was a member of the Executive Committee and served as Chairman of the Legislative and Personnel Committees of the Mississippi Municipal Association.

A substantial part of EPA's mission involves developing and enforcing Federal regulations to protect and improve the environment. Local governments are essential partners in this mission. Serving as both regulators and regulated entities, they implement major environmental regulations and provide community services such as drinking water treatment, waste water treatment and solid waste management. Local governments also play a key role in addressing environmental issues such as clean air, clean water, and sustainable development.

The Local Government Advisory Committee was formed in 1993. The group has provided recommendations to the Agency on a broad range of topics including communications, flexibility, strategic planning, regulatory innovation and reform, environmental protection tools, pollution prevention, new technologies, and roles of various levels of government.