Former EPA leader tapped to head California EPA

Source: Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019

An Obama administration EPA regional boss now heads California’s environment agency.

New Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) yesterday named Jared Blumenfeld, 49, as secretary of the California EPA. Blumenfeld was sworn in and started work immediately.

The Cabinet post in the nation’s most populous state oversees the California Air Resources Board; departments of Pesticide Regulation, Resources Recycling and Recovery, and Toxic Substances Control; Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment; and State Water Resources Control Board.

Blumenfeld, of San Francisco, worked eight years as regional administrator at U.S. EPA, overseeing California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands and 148 tribal nations.

In 2016, he founded a firm advising clean-tech companies. Previously, he was director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, working with then-Mayor Newsom.

Blumenfeld also was general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. Early in his career he was executive director of Earth Summit Watch for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The Coalition for Clean Air, a Golden State green group, lauded the appointment.

“Secretary Blumenfeld now bears the responsibility for safeguarding our health by protecting the air, water and land that Californians hold dear,” said Bill Magavern, CCA policy director, in a press release from the group.

“We are fortunate that he will be assisting Governor Newsom in fulfilling his campaign promises,” Magavern said, including pledges to get to zero diesel pollution by 2030 and fight for environmental justice in the state.

Blumenfeld graduated from Cambridge College of Arts and Technology. He has law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Law and the University of London. The secretary position requires state Senate confirmation. The pay is $209,943 yearly.