Green group leader to retire

By Kevin Bogardus | 04/18/2024 01:27 PM EDT

Eric Schaeffer led the Environmental Integrity Project for over two decades.


Environmental Integrity Project Executive Director Eric Schaeffer speaking alongside AFGE union members during a rally outside EPA headquarters in Washington on Feb. 15, 2023. Francis Chung/POLITICO

A longtime environmental watchdog leader and former senior EPA enforcement official is retiring.

Eric Schaeffer next month will retire from the Environmental Integrity Project, where he served as executive director since co-founding the group in 2002. Often a critical voice of the agency, he has pushed for environmental laws to be upheld and the cleanup of large-scale industrial pollution.

Schaeffer is retiring on May 25, Tom Pelton, the group’s communications director, told E&E News.


“He has built his organization into one of the nation’s premier environmental watchdog groups and has battled tirelessly and successfully to reduce air and water pollution in some of our country’s most vulnerable communities,” Pelton said.