President Bush has nominated a former EPA assistant administrator, Linda J. Fisher, to be the agency''s deputy administrator. Bush has also nominated a 20-year career EPA employee, Stephen L. Johnson, to be assistant administrator for Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, and a former White House official, Jeffrey R. Holmstead, to be assistant administrator for Air and Radiation.
The nominees new positions are pending following confirmation by the Senate.
The president also announced his intention to nominate G. Tracy Mehan to be assistant administrator for Water.
Fisher previously served for 10 years at EPA in several managerial positions, including chief of staff, assistant administrator for Policy, Planning and Evaluation and assistant administrator for Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances.
As deputy administrator she would be the top managerial and policy assistant to the administrator.
Most recently Fisher was vice president of Government Affairs for the Monsanto Co., St. Louis, Mo.
She also practiced law with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Latham and Watkins.
Fisher, 48, holds a law degree from Ohio State University, a MBA degree from George Washington and a bachelor''s degree from Miami University of Ohio.
by Virginia Sutcliffe