As second-in-command at the Environmental Protection Agency, Doug oversaw day-to-day operation of the Agency and was involved in all policy and regulatory matters. He also managed the 10 EPA regions and was the chair-designee of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which is responsible for the expenditure of penalties resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Spill. During his tenure, the Council allocated hundreds of millions of dollars for restoration along the Gulf Coast.
Doug was deputy at EPA during the onset of COVID-19, and he led the Agency’s response to the pandemic. Working closely with career staff, he led the Agency’s internal response and led EPA’s work with CDC to develop guidelines for reopening businesses. Doug also worked with leadership at the Agency to expedite approval disinfectants effective against COVID-19.
Through his work at EPA, Doug is credited by communities for expediting cleanup of hazardous waste sites in many locations, including Montana and the Navajo Nation. As noted by the Montana Standard, “his work in and for Butte and Anaconda have been impressive. He gets high marks for efficiency, drive, and straightforward, transparent dealing.” He worked closely with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality to address air quality issues in Utah along the Wasatch front. He also worked with states to develop a Memorandum of Understanding that provided states with greater authority to implement state self-audit laws.
Doug’s experience while practicing law includes managing an audit program for a major retailer and working on environmental issues for a variety of clients. While working at the utility, Doug worked on energy policy issues and on market development in the West.
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