March 26, 2009

Cannon Resigns From Obama EPA Nomination

Jon Cannon, President Obama's nominee for the No. 2 position at the Environmental Protection Agency, removed himself from consideration Wednesday, the latest in a string of withdrawals among nominees for administration process.

He said he was removing his name from consideration to be EPA deputy administrator because of scrutiny of America's Clean Water Foundation, where he served on the board of directors.

"While my service on the board of that now-dissolved organization is not the subject of the scrutiny, I believe the energy and environmental challenges facing our nation are too great to delay confirmation for this position, and I do not wish to present any distraction to the agency," Cannon said in a statement released by the EPA.

In 2007, the EPA Inspector General's Office found that the Clean Water foundation mismanaged over $25 million in EPA grants, The Washington Post reported.  The foundation disbanded in 2006.

Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator, said the administration would move quickly to identify a new candidate.


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