January 18, 2014
Gov. John R. Kasich will appoint Craig Butler interim director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency after Scott Nally announced his resignation from the agency to pursue other opportunities.
“I am grateful for Scott’s service to the state and wish him well in his next endeavor,” said Kasich. “For the past three years, Scott worked hard to keep Ohioans and our environment safe, but he also helped begin to make the agency more business-friendly. Today, Ohio has some of the strongest environmental regulations in the nation, but they are also grounded in common sense. I value his counsel and will continue to rely on it. I have no doubt that Craig will work to continue to improve the agency, and ensure both a safe and healthy environment for Ohioans, as well as a predictable and consistent business climate for Ohio’s job-creators.”
Currently, Butler serves as a senior policy advisor for the Administration on environmental, energy, public utility and agricultural issues, and has worked closely with the corresponding agencies to help them accomplish their missions while working to improve Ohio’s regulatory climate. A public servant of more than 24 years, Butler previously served as District Director of both Ohio EPA’s Central District Office and its Southeast District Office. He is a board member of the Dangerous Wild Animal Board and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Alliance for the Environment.
Ohio EPA establishes and enforces standards for air, water, waste management and cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous substances. It also provide financial assistance to businesses and communities; environmental education programs for businesses and the public; and pollution prevention assistance to help businesses minimize their waste at the source. Ohio EPA was created on Oct. 23, 1972, becoming a centralized home for environmental programs that previously had been dispersed throughout several state departments. The director of Ohio EPA is appointed by the governor and serves as a cabinet member. To learn more, visit http://www.epa.state.oh.us/.