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Obama administration replaces EPA 'crucify' administrator

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EPA chief Lisa Jackson announced Friday that Ron Curry, the former head of New Mexico's Environment Department, has been appointed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters in Dallas. Mr Curry is the first non-Texan to oversee the EPA's region 6 which covers Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Curry, who starts working on September 24th, replaces former Southern Methodist University professor Al Armendariz.

“I am confident that Ron will contribute significantly to the EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. His long record of leadership and success will make him a valuable asset to Region 6, to the EPA and to the American people. I look forward to having him on board,” Jackson said in an email.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Curry was on a short list of candidates favored by environmentalists when Armendariz got the post.

Armendariz, who now leads the Sierra Club's anti-coal campaign, resigned in April after a video surfaced of him saying that companies not complying with environmental law should be crucified. The video spurred outrage among Republicans seeing the comments as proof that EPA under President Obama has stepped up enforcement to a point where it harms the economy and the energy industry.

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