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EPA Official to Mark Agency’s 40th Anniversary with VLS Lecture

November 24, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Curt Spalding, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional administrator for region 1, which covers New England, will mark the agency's 40th anniversary with a lecture at 12:45 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2 in Oakes Hall, Room 107. The event is open to the media.

Spalding will look back at EPA's efforts and ahead at the challenges facing the agency, region, nation and world in an era of climate change and other major environmental threats. Regional administrators promote state and local environmental protection efforts and serve as a liaison to state and local government officials.

Spalding, who was named regional administrator last year, is the former executive director of Save The Bay in Rhode Island, an environmental advocacy and education organization. Prior to joining Save The Bay, he was an environmental protection specialist for the EPA in Boston and Washington, D.C.

The EPA, which opened its doors on Dec. 2, 1970, was established in response to public concern about rampant environmental pollution nationwide. The agency consolidated a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities involving environmental protection.

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