March 25, 2009
Contact: Matt Dempsey (202) 224-9797 Matt_Dempsey@Inhofe.senate.gov
Inhofe Statement on Cannon’s Withdrawal from EPA Nomination
WASHINGTON, DC – Matt Dempsey, Communications Director for Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today commented on Jon Cannon’s announcement of his voluntary withdrawal from consideration to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
“We were surprised to learn today about Jon Cannon’s decision to remove his name from consideration to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
“At a recent staff meeting, as part of the normal oversight process for nominees, Inhofe committee staff questioned Mr. Cannon regarding an EPA Inspector General report on America’s Clean Water Foundation, on which Mr. Cannon served as a board member. According to the report, the organization mismanaged $25 million in taxpayer-funded grants. Through his leadership position on the EPW Committee, Senator Inhofe has long made EPA grant oversight a priority.
“I want to make clear, however, that at the meeting Inhofe staff expressed to Mr. Cannon that, though the organization committed serious missteps in managing federal grants, it did not warrant opposition to his nomination.”
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