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The President Names George T. Frampton, Jr. as Chair and Member of CEQ

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Council on Environmental Quality

Office of the Press Secretary
(Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts)

For Immediate Release
August 4, 2000




The President today recess appointed George T. Frampton, Jr. to serve as Chair and Member of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Mr. Frampton was nominated to the United States Senate on February 2, 1999, and his nomination is currently pending before the Senate.

Mr. George T. Frampton, Jr., of the District of Columbia, worked as a private attorney and environmental consultant from 1997 to 1998. In 1993, Mr. Frampton was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, where he served until 1997. In this position, he was responsible for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Frampton served as President of The Wilderness Society, a non-profit organization devoted to preserving wilderness and wildlife. From 1976 to 1985, he was a partner in the law firm of Rogovin, Stern & Huge of Washington, D.C. Also during this period, from 1979 to 1980, he was Deputy Director and Chief of Staff for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Investigation into the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident. Mr. Frampton served as Assistant Special Prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecution Force, from 1973 to 1975. Mr. Frampton was a Fellow at the Center for Law and Social Policy from 1972 to 1973. In addition, Mr. Frampton clerked for the Honorable Harry A. Blackmun, United States Supreme Court, during the Court's 1971 to 1972 session.

Mr. Frampton received his B.A. in Physics and Philosophy, cum laude from Yale College, his M.S., with distinction, from the London School of Economics, and his J.D., magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

CEQ, an agency of the Executive Office of the President, was established by Congress in 1969 to develop and recommend to the President national policies to improve environmental quality; and to oversee programs and activities of the Federal Government in its implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Without a Chair and Member, CEQ is greatly hindered in fulfilling its mission.


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