WHITE HOUSE

Trump nominates Mary Neumayr as CEQ head

This story was updated June 13.

The White House announced tonight that it has picked its new nominee to lead a key environmental office.

President Trump is nominating Mary Neumayr as chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality. She currently is the highest-ranking official at the council, which coordinates environmental policy and regulations across agencies.

The White House's first nominee, Kathleen Hartnett White, withdrew from consideration earlier this year amid opposition from Democrats and some Republicans. She had rejected mainstream climate science.

Neumayr is a Capitol Hill veteran who has been helming the ship as the top slot remained vacant.

Before joining CEQ as chief of staff, Neumayr served as deputy chief counsel of energy and environment, senior energy counsel, and counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee at various times from 2009 until last year. Her federal experience spanned both President George W. Bush terms; she served as counsel to the assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division from 2003 until 2006 and then as deputy general counsel for environment and nuclear programs at the Energy Department until 2009.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

"I am pleased that the President has nominated Mary Neumayr to lead the Council on Environmental Quality," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said in a statement. "We've worked well together and I appreciate her commitment to protecting the environment while also cutting duplicative and unnecessary regulations. She will play a key role in working with Congress to promote good government reforms as we work towards an infrastructure bill. I congratulate her on her nomination, and look forward to her confirmation."

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