Former Dillingham, Unalaska city manager picked by Trump administration to lead agency's work in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
It’s now official: the EPA has confirmed that Chris Hladick will become the Regional Administrator overseeing EPA's work in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Hladick is currently commissioner for the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. The Walker administration announced that Hladick will step down from that post on November 1. He will take the reins at EPA Region 10 in December. Walker tapped outgoing Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre to take Hladick's place.
Before joining Walker's cabinet, Hladick spent over two decades working for communities in rural Alaska. He was city manager for Dillingham, Unalaska and Galena.
While Hladick was Unalaska's city manager, he was involved with reaching a settlement with EPA related to Clean Water Act violations from its wastewater treatment facility.
At EPA, Hladick will oversee regulation of a wide range of activities in the Northwest -- from superfund sites to the proposed Pebble Mine.
His appointment has been praised by Alaska’s congressional delegation, the Governor, Alaska’s Municipal League, the Pacific Seafood Processors Association, and others.
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