McKenna tapped to co-chair AGs' environmental panel

Chris Rizo Apr. 3, 2009, 1:19pm

Rob McKenna (R)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline)-Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna will serve as co-chair of National Association of Attorneys General Environment and Energy Committee, a statement said Friday.

The Republican was tapped for the leadership post by NAAG President Patrick Lynch, the Democratic attorney general of Rhode Island.

"The people of Washington State have a special passion for protecting our cherished natural resources," McKenna said. "I look forward to bringing that passion to NAAG's Environment and Energy Committee, as we work to support clean energy and to protect our nation's air, water and natural resources for future generations."

McKenna has recently headlines for regularly opposing utility rate increases in the Evergreen State and for his role in trying to force the federal government to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington.

McKenna recently sued the U.S. Department of Energy to force the agency to dig up and process the equivalent of about 75,000 55-gallon drums of transuranic waste buried at the former Cold War-era plutonium production site, established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project.

Members of the NAAG Energy and Environment Committee, among other things, work to improve enforcement of state and federal environmental protection laws and bolster multistate environmental enforcement efforts, the statement said.

McKenna will co-chair the committee along with Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, a Democrat. McKenna will serve as co-chair through June 17, at which time he is eligible to be reappointed for a full one-year term.

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