EPA Nominee Steps Down

Filling agency posts continues to be tough.

The nominee for Deputy Administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency is withdrawing his name from consideration. Jonathan Cannon's nomination came into question when it was revealed a now-defunct nonprofit that he was previously associated with was found by the EPA inspector general's office to have mismanaged more than $25 million in grants from the agency.

Cannon once served on the board of directors of the America's Clean Water Foundation. In a prepared statement, Cannon said, "While my service on the board of that now-dissolved organization is not the subject of the scrutiny, I do not wish to present any distraction to the agency."

In 2007, the foundation was found to have funneled more than $21 million dollars in EPA funds to a contractor, Validus Services, a subsidiary of the American Pork Producers Council. The inspector general recommended that EPA try to recover all $25 million the agency had shelled out to Clean Water, which disbanded in 2006, to help farmers and states comply with water-pollution laws and assess environmental risks.

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