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Lynn Buhl to Serve as EPA Regional Administrator for the Great Lakes Region

Release Date: 07/21/2008
Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218,

No. 08-OPA123

(Chicago, Ill. - July 21, 2008) EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson today announced the appointment of Lynn Buhl to serve as Regional Administrator for EPA Region 5, which encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Bharat Mathur, EPA's Acting Regional Administrator since May of 2008, will resume his position as Deputy Regional Administrator.

"As an attorney and public servant for over 20 years, Lynn brings both leadership and experience in environmental regulation and enforcement to this position," said Johnson. "EPA is lucky to have Lynn, and I would like to thank Bharat for his continued service to the agency and the nation."

Since September 2006, Buhl has served as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at EPA Headquarters, where she advised the Administrator on a wide range of environmental enforcement issues.

Previously, Buhl served as Acting Secretary of Maryland's Department of the Environment and Deputy Secretary of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources. During her years of service in Maryland, she provided policy advice to Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. and was instrumental in reforming Maryland's contaminated site cleanup program.

Prior to her service in Maryland, Buhl worked at Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality, Daimler Chrysler Corporation and in EPA's Region 5 office as an assistant regional counsel.

Buhl, a native of Missouri, holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.

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