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Russ Harding's Lame Duck DEQ Management Appointments....


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2002

Contact:  Patricia Spitzley
                 (517) 241-7397

DEQ Director Announces Division Chief Appointments

DEQ Director Russell Harding today announced the following DEQ Division
Chief appointments:

Mr. G. Vinson Hellwig has been appointed the Chief of the Air Quality
Division.  Mr. Hellwig has eleven years of experience with the United
States Environmental Protection Agency, currently working in the Office
of Air Quality Planning and Standards in Triangle Park, N.C.  Previous
to his current position, Mr. Vinson boasts 19 years of experience with
various environmental consulting firms, specializing in environmental
permitting.  He has served as an Air Compliance Officer in EPA's Region
IV and began his career as an air permit engineer with the Alabama Air
Pollution Control Commission.  Mr. Vinson brings to this position an
extensive knowledge of all air regulatory programs both on a regional
and state level.

"The appointment of Mr. Hellwig as the Air Quality Division Chief
brings to the Department expertise on both the federal and state
regulatory level," Harding said.  "That expertise is invaluable and will
bring innovative and new ideas to the division."

Mr. Hellwig earned a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Shorter
College and has taken graduate courses in Chemistry at Clemson and
Auburn Universities.  Mr. Hellwig replaces Dennis M. Drake who retired
on October 31.  His appointment is effective December 1, 2002.

Ms. Amy A. Butler has been selected as the Chief of the Environmental
Sciences and Services Division.  Ms. Butler initially started her
service with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in the
Environmental Service Division.  Since then, Ms. Butler has served in a
variety of key roles in both the Departments of Natural Resources and
Environmental Quality.  These roles include developing the first
environmental bankruptcy program; the issuance of several covenants not
to sue that contributed to the establishment of the framework for the
DEQ site revitalization and brownfield redevelopment programs.  Ms.
Butler has also been involved in projects such as the Action Auto
Bankruptcy project and the Lake Michigan Car Ferry project.

Ms. Butler has worked extensively with local governmental units and
economic development corporations building public/private partnerships
to address the reuse of brownfield sites.  Ms. Butler also served as the
Michigan Underground Storage Tank Financial Assurance Fund Administrator
and most recently as the Assistant Division Chief of the Geological
Survey Division.

"Amy's experience in the DEQ primarily in the field of public-private
partnerships greatly contributed to her selection as Chief of the
Environmental Sciences and Services Division," Harding said, "The DEQ
management team will definitely benefit from her extensive experience in
a variety of programs now housed within the Environmental Sciences and
Services Division."

Ms. Butler earned both biology and chemistry degrees from Oakland
University and has completed graduate coursework in business
administration.  Ms. Butler replaces Paul Zugger who retired October 31.
  Her appointment is effective November 1, 2002.

Mr. George Bruchmann has been appointed Chief of the Waste and
Hazardous Materials Division.  Mr. Bruchmann has served as the Assistant
Chief of the Waste Management Division for the last six years.  Prior to
that, Mr. Bruchmann served as Chief of the Radiological Health Division
in the Department of Public Health.  The Radiological Protection Program
is now a part of the Waste and Hazardous Materials Division.

Mr. Bruchmann will be responsible for programs that include the
regulation of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal
facilities; hazardous and liquid industrial waste handlers; above and
underground storage tanks; solid waste management facilities including
landfills; scrap tire haulers and collection sites; and certain
radioactive material users.  Mr. Bruchmann will also serve as the DEQ's
Emergency Management Coordinator managing the environmental monitoring
and emergency preparedness programs around nuclear power plants, and the
indoor radon program.

"George's knowledge and expertise in the various waste programs was
superior to the other strong candidates interviewed", said Harding.  "In
addition, George's background in the Radiological Health Division makes
him the ideal candidate to serve as the DEQ's Emergency Management
Coordinator ensuring that the state's nuclear power plans are prepared
to face any emergency."

Mr. Bruchmann received a Bachelor's degree in physics from Hamline
University, and his Master's degree in physics from Michigan State
University.  Mr. Bruchmann replaces Roger Przybysz who retired on
October 31.  His appointment is effective November 1, 2002.

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