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Obama No. 2 EPA Pick Withdraws Name

By Garance Franke-Ruta
President Obama's pick for the No. 2 spot at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his name from consideration today, citing scrutiny of his one-time affiliation with a now-defunct nonprofit that in 2007 was found by the EPA Inspector General's Office to have mismanaged more than $25 million in EPA grants.

"It has come to my attention that America's Clean Water Foundation, where I once served on the board of directors, has become the subject of scrutiny," said deputy EPA administrator-nominee Jonathan Z. Cannon in a statement released by the EPA withdrawing his name. "While my service on the board of that now-dissolved organization is not the subject of the scrutiny ... I do not wish to present any distraction to the agency."

The Clean Water Foundation was found to have funneled more than $21 million of the EPA dollars to contractor Validus Services LLC, a subsidiary of the American Pork Producers Council, and the inspector general recommended the federal environmental stewards try to recovery all $25 million the agency had shelled out to Clean Water to help farmers and states comply with clean water laws and assess environmental risks. The Clean Water Foundation disbanded in 2006.

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said that the agency would "move quickly to identify a new candidate."

Cannon's move came the day before his Senate nomination hearing was scheduled to begin.

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Comments

American Pork Producers Council?

I thought O'Bomba and all his "Executives" just came from the American Pork Producers Council!?!

That is Congress isn't it?!

Posted by: SAINT---The | March 26, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse


((cough cough)))
"one-time affiliation with a now-defunct nonprofit that in 2007 was found by the EPA Inspector General's Office to have mismanaged more than $25 million in EPA grants"

what?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 26, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

"I don't remember other administrations having this kind of hiring trouble." This may have been because we were in a "Don't ask, don't tell" mode. It is looking as if nearly everyone in elective or appointed office is either actively corrupt, or too close to corruption to be free of its taint. I hope Obama stays with his transparency and disclosure and open scrutiny policy, because we have winked at Cheney/Bush/Clinton indiscretions far too much and too often.

Posted by: frodot | March 26, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know you could just divert $21 million to a subcontractor. Don't you have to send in a report every 6 months or so telling the EPA how you're spending the money?

Posted by: corco02az | March 26, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't remember other administrations having this kind of hiring trouble.

Posted by: rjjrdq | March 26, 2009 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Why should they fire that person, they are doing a bang up job.
I lost count how many now, maybe the Washington Post could do bar graphic.

VJ Machiavelli
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NO MORE SCHUMER
NO MORE PELOSI
NO MORE RANGEL
NO MORE ENGEL AN HIS MILLION DOLLAR HOME IN MARYLAND.

Posted by: VJMachiavelli1 | March 26, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Jon Cannon is a very talented individual who, as I recall, served as EPA's Deputy General Counsel a number of years ago. Too bad he can't serve at EPA again.

Posted by: VelaFella | March 25, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Will whomever oversees administration vetting please be fired - and soon?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | March 25, 2009 8:19 PM
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There isn't an administration that overseas vetting for Republicans and Democrats. Republicans picked Steele, and Obama picked the people to do his vetting. I don't know why everybody's looking at Obama like he screwed up. This is why there's a vetting process. Unless everyone expects him to be a mind reader.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | March 25, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Will whomever oversees administration vetting please be fired - and soon?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | March 25, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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