Trump to name Mary Neumayr as CEQ head

Source: Zack Colman, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The White House has picked its new nominee to lead a key environmental office, an administration source told E&E News.

President Trump is nominating Mary Neumayr as chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality. She currently is the highest-ranking official at the council, which coordinates environmental policy and regulations across agencies.

The White House’s first nominee, Kathleen Hartnett White, withdrew from consideration earlier this year amid opposition from Democrats and some Republicans. She had rejected mainstream climate science.

Neumayr is a Capitol Hill veteran who has been helming the ship as the top slot remained vacant.

Before joining CEQ as chief of staff, Neumayr served as deputy chief counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2009 until last year. Her federal experience spanned both President George W. Bush terms; she served as counsel to the assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division from 2003 until 2006 and then as deputy general counsel for environment and nuclear programs at the Energy Department until 2009.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

This is a developing story.