California EPA Chairman Resigns
Serving as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been the experience of a lifetime.
In the 13 months since my appointment in December 2004, I have traveled in four continents, met many new friends, and witnessed the dedication and hard work of countless Cal/EPA employees throughout California.
I cannot think of another job that offers as much personal satisfaction as the one I currently occupy. Therefore, it is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from public service, effective February 28, 2006.
Serving the public - and knowing that one's efforts are making a difference in the lives of millions of Californians - is highly rewarding. But it is also highly demanding, requiring almost constant travel, back-to-back meetings that last all day and into the night, and an ever-changing schedule. The job leaves little time to enjoy the company of family and friends, not to mention sleep.
Even with these pressures, I have enjoyed every day of this job and look back on our accomplishments with great pride. Over the last 13 months we have made significant progress in improving air quality, protecting our water, and reducing pollution in the environment.
We have begun implementing the Carl Moyer diesel retrofit program, permanently funded at $140 million annually, to replace or upgrade the dirtiest diesel engines. We have coordinated our enforcement efforts across media to help insure the fair, efficient, and uniform application of California's environmental laws. We have initiated changes to elevate the role of science in our work. And we have charted the most ambitious course of any state or nation in the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
And our work continues. Earlier this month, Governor Schwarzenegger unveiled his Strategic Growth Plan, which proposes a substantial, sustained investment in infrastructure and technology to promote growth, and protect the environment and public health.
I look forward to working with the governor in my final weeks to promote his plan and advise the Administration on its implementation. I also intend to submit the Climate Action Team Report to the governor and legislature, advance the governor's environmental enforcement initiative, and complete the Cal/EPA Science Report before my retirement.
I would personally like to thank Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for allowing me to serve through two administrations as chair of the Air Resources Board, and for the opportunity to serve as his top environmental advocate. I would also like to thank former Secretary Terry Tamminen, who built a solid foundation for me, and who continues to bring amazing energy, creativity, wit, and intelligence to his job as a senior advisor to the governor.
I would also like to thank all of my staff in the Office of the Secretary, and the executive staff of the Air Resources Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Integrated Waste Management Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Pesticide Regulation, and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment - past and present. Your hard work and dedication to the administration and Cal/EPA has made my job easier and highly enjoyable.
Finally, I would like to offer my gratitude to the 4,500 men and women who have dedicated their careers to improving our environment, and Californians' health and quality of life. California is cleaner, greener, healthier and better because of your efforts. I will miss you greatly, but will be eternally grateful for your support and great work.
All my best,
Alan C. Lloyd, Secretary
California Environmental Protection Agency
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