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EPA Region V's Val Adamkus retires
- Subject: EPA Region V's Val Adamkus retires
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- Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 23:21:20 -0400 (EDT)
I though I'd share with the lists this news release from U.S. EPA
concerning the retirement of Val Adamkus. I've always been
impressed with him whenever I've met him or seen him in
action in public. Folks interested in Michigan and Great Lakes
issues know of his past leadership at EPA Region V.
I'll never forget seeing the hearing on TV that Adamkus appeared at in
front of John Dingell where he fearlessly told the truth
about the Dow report/dioxin matter and, for all practical purposes,
canned EPA Deputy Administrator John Hernandez during
the Ronald Reagan/Anne Gorsuch years.
Attorney and Deputy Regional Administrator David A. Ullrich
has been appointed as Acting Regional Administrator.
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U.S. EPA Region 5 News Release
Media Contact: Phillippa Cannon
For Immediate Release: June 9, 1997
EPA MIDWEST CHIEF ADAMKUS RETIRES
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 today announced
that Regional Administrator Valdas V. Adamkus has retired June 4 after 29
years of Federal service.
He has served as regional administrator for 16 years and as deputy
regional administrator for 11 years -- the longest-serving senior
executive in EPA. David A. Ullrich, deputy regional administrator, will
serve as acting regional administrator until a replacement is named.
Adamkus has been with EPA since its inception in 1970 and was
appointed regional administrator by President Reagan in 1981. As
administrator of Region 5 he was responsible for all Federal air, water,
hazardous waste, and other pollution control programs in Illinois,
Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
In 1985, President Reagan presented him the Distinguished Executive
Presidential Rank Award -- the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a
civil servant. Adamkus also holds EPAs highest award -- the Gold medal
for Exceptional Service. Upon his retirement, he received a congratulatory
letter from President Clinton and a Distinguished Career Award from EPA
Administrator Carol Browner. And Region 5 presented him the newly
established Valdas V. Adamkus Sustained Commitment to the Environment
Among his best-known accomplishments are:
* Protection and restoration of the Great Lakes. He was manager of
EPAs Great Lakes National Program and for many years served as U.S.
chairman of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board, an advisory body of the
U.S.-Canadian International Joint Commission.
* Promotion of environmentalism in former Soviet Bloc countries,
especially in the Baltic States. (In 1988 he received EPAs first
Fitzhugh Green Award for outstanding contributions to international
* Promotion of environmental rights for Indian tribes. Under his
leadership, Region 5 efforts in working with tribal governments became a
model for EPA nationwide.
In the early 1980s, he established a reputation for integrity when
he testified before Congress about his refusal to bow to pressure from the
EPA Administration, which insisted Adamkus change -- and thus falsify --a
report on dioxin emissions from Dow Chemical in Midland, MI.
In a farewell message to EPA staff, he praised their role in these
accomplishments and encouraged them to meet new challenges.
Together, we have solved many environmental problems and made
tremendous progress in improving the quality of life for people everywhere,
he said. At the same time, it is very important to recognize the
challenges we still face. We must take them on with the same enthusiasm
and idealism that has brought us this far.
Asked about his future plans, Adamkus said: "The most desirable
situation would be to enjoy my golf game, but I believe that's not in
Born in Lithuania in 1926, as a young man Adamkus joined the
underground against both the Soviets and the Nazis. In 1948, he won the
Gold and Silver Medals in track and field during the 1948 European Olympic
Games. He attended the University of Munich before emigrating to the
United States in 1949. Fluent in five languages, in the 1950s Adamkus
served as senior NCO with the 5th Army Reserve Military Intelligence.
Adamkus graduated as a civil engineer from the Illinois Institute of
Technology in 1960. He also holds three honorary Ph.D.s, including a
recent one from Northwestern University.
He and his wife, Alma, live in Hinsdale, IL.