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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release December 21, 2000

PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JAMES V. AIDALA AS ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR PREVENTION, PESTICIDES, AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL

PROTECTION AGENCY

President Clinton today announced the recess appointment of James V. Aidala to serve as Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Mr. Aidala was nominated to the Senate on March 7, 2000. This position is vital to the EPA's implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act designed to provide a higher level of protection from pesticide residue in food.

Mr. James V. Aidala of Alexandria, Virginia, has been serving as Associate Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances at EPA since 1993. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Aidala worked on the Subcommittee on Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives where he was in charge of oversight of EPA implementation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act. From 1990 to 1991, Mr. Aidala was the Director of Policy Development at the Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture. From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Aidala was a Specialist in Environmental Policy for the U.S. Library of Congress.

Mr. Aidala received his B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Brown University.

The Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) serves as the principal advisor to the Administrator in matters pertaining to pollution prevention, pesticides and toxic substances. In addition, the Assistant Administrator has responsibility for establishing EPA strategies for implementation and integration of the pollution prevention, pesticides, and the toxic substances programs under applicable Federal statutes, including implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act; developing and operating EPA programs and policies for assessment and control of pesticides and toxic substances; recommending policies and developing programs for implementing the Pollution Prevention Act; developing recommendations for EPA priorities for research; developing scientific, technical, economic, and social data for the conduct of hazard assessments and evaluations in support of pollution prevention, pesticides and toxic substances activities.

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