"John Busterud, once a top attorney for California utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric Co., will now lead EPA's Pacific Southwest branch.
EPA announced today that Busterud has been appointed Region 9 administrator. His hire comes during a tumultuous time for the regional office, which oversees EPA operations in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Islands as well as 148 tribes. The agency suddenly fired the prior regional administrator, Mike Stoker, from the post last week.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement that Busterud's 'extensive background in energy and environmental issues makes him a great choice to lead Region 9.'"