The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a confirmation hearing June 13 for Susan Bodine, President Trump’s nominee to lead EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). Committee members from both parties expressed their admiration for Bodine and their belief that she is highly qualified for the position. But Democratic members of the committee also used the occasion to strongly criticize the President’s proposed budget for EPA, in particular its significant cuts to the enforcement program. The committee has not yet set a date to vote on Bodine’s nomination but is expected to do so soon.
Bodine currently serves as Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and has Capitol Hill experience as staff director and counsel for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She served in the George W. Bush Administration as Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, and has also worked in the private sector as a partner with NACWA Legal Affiliate, Barnes & Thornburg. She has helped advance efforts to provide municipal clean water utilities with more flexibility in meeting their Clean Water Act obligations, especially through an integrated planning approach. NACWA looks forward to working with her in her new position, pending Senate confirmation.