Russell Train, second EPA adminstrator, dies

I realize this isn’t New Mexico news necessarily, but I just wanted to mention the death–and life–of Russell Train,  former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

As the New York Times points out in his obituary:

From 1969 to 1977, as Richard M. Nixon’s first chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and then as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under Gerald R. Ford, Mr. Train was among a select group of senior administration officials and Congressional leaders who shaped the world’s first comprehensive program for scrubbing the skies and waters of pollution, ensuring the survival of ecologically significant plants and animals, and safeguarding citizens from exposure to toxic chemicals.

About eight years ago, I interviewed Train. My conversation with him was eye-opening, as he spoke of what it was like to work on environmental protection issues before industry started pouring money into fighting regulations.  Those were different times, to be sure. During our interview, he recalled what it was like when industry representatives started showing up at hearings and meetings–and how that changed the tenor of discussions.

To read the NYT obituary of Train, visit:


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