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Trump to name leaders for Council on Environmental Quality, DOE security office


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Trump to name leaders for Council on Environmental Quality, DOE security office

President Donald Trump chose leaders for the White House's Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Department of Energy's newly created cyber and physical security division.

Trump on June 12 announced plans to nominate Mary Neumayr, the Council on Environmental Quality's chief of staff, to be a CEQ member and the council's chair. Neumayr previously worked as deputy chief counsel on energy and environment at the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce and was deputy counsel for environment and nuclear programs at the U.S. Department of Energy, among other positions.

The CEQ oversees the way federal agencies implement the National Environmental Policy Act. Under the Obama administration, the CEQ issued guidance to consider greenhouse gas emissions in environmental permitting reviews. The Trump administration has moved to walk that guidance back and has directed the CEQ to streamline energy and environmental requirements to match statutory requirements.

Trump also announced plans to nominate Karen Evans to serve as assistant secretary of the DOE's new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response. Evans served as former President George W. Bush's administrator for e-government and information technology. She is now the national director for U.S. Cyber Challenge, a public-private partnership program focused on bolstering the cybersecurity workforce.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry in February created the Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response office to coordinate preparation for and response to natural and man-made threats.