By Ben Geman - 01/06/12 06:30 PM EST
It is with bittersweet emotions that I announce Paul Anastas’s impending departure from EPA.
Paul put his academic career on hold and took a leave of absence from Yale University to serve at EPA the past two years. While Yale has graciously agreed to a brief extension of that leave, in order to fulfill his obligations to the university – and, more importantly, in order to return to his family, who remained in Connecticut – Paul will return to New Haven in mid-February.
Paul is a uniquely qualified scientist and manager and we are all fortunate he agreed to serve. His integrity, judgment, leadership and impeccable scientific credentials were invaluable to the EPA’s efforts on many critical issues that range from reforming and revitalizing our chemical assessment process to providing invaluable scientific advice during environmental crises, such as the radiological release from Japanese nuclear reactors damaged during the March 2011 tsunami.
We will announce a formal transition in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I assure you that science will remain the cornerstone of all of our Agency’s efforts and EPA scientists will continue to set the standard for cutting edge research and study – work that will yield a healthier, cleaner environment for all Americans.
Please join me in offering Paul and his family our best wishes and our gratitude.
Lisa P. Jackson