29 May 2001 19:45 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (CNI)--Former Monsanto executive Linda Fisher began work Tuesday as deputy administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the second-highest position at the federal agency.
Fisher, who was nominated earlier this year by President George W Bush and confirmed Thursday by the US Senate, will be the top managerial and policy assistant to EPA administrator Christie Todd Whitman. She has been extensively involved in environmental issues throughout her career, including a decade of experience at EPA during the Reagan and first Bush administrations.
According to a White House statement, Fisher was chief of staff for EPA administrator Lee Thomas 1985-1988, assistant administrator for policy, planning and evaluation 1988-1989, and assistant administrator for prevention, pesticides and toxic substances 1989-1993.
Whitman said of Fisher's Senate approval: "The EPA mission of protecting human health and our environment is crucial and having Linda Fisher as my deputy will be vital in fulfilling that mission."
"The agency will benefit greatly from having her expertise and experience in guiding us to accomplish our important work," Whitman added.
In 1995-2000, Fisher was vice president of governmental affairs for Monsanto, an agricultural biotechnology company headquartered in St Louis, Missouri.
Fisher also practised law with the Washington, DC firm of Latham & Watkins.
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