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Clarence Brown Re-appointed to National Advisory Committee

Release Date: 06/17/2004
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421,
Mr. Clarence Brown, the Sole Commissioner of Bartow County, Georgia has been reappointed 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. Brown will be one of 31 representatives from different regions of the country who will meet on a regular basis with EPA.

Mr. Brown has served in Bartow County government in various capacities for thirty years. As Sole Commissioner, Mr. Brown currently holds a political distinction that is unique to only a handful of Georgia's 159 counties. He has served as the 2003-2004 President of the Association of County Commissioner of Georgia (ACCG), on the ACCG Board of Managers, and the ACCG Pension Board (a 6-member board responsible for pension funds for county employees statewide). Commissioner Brown was recently appointed to the Rural Development Council by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.

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.