Dr. Susan Hedman will discuss EPA’s plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants, building on current efforts by states, cities and businesses across the country to address the risks of climate change. EPA’s proposal reflects that different states have a different mix of sources and opportunities, and reflects the important role of states as full partners with the federal government in cutting pollution. The EPA says the proposal will maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment. Dr. Hedman, appointed in 2010, directs EPA’s operations in the six-state Great Lakes region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as 35 federally-recognized tribal governments. Previously, she was environmental counsel and senior assistant attorney general in the Illinois Attorney General’s office and was chief legal officer for the Geneva-based United Nations Compensation Commission tribunal that handled claims for environmental damage from the oil fires in Kuwait and releases of oil in the Persian Gulf, as well as the costs of disposal of unexploded ordnance from the 1990 Gulf War. She is a UW-Madison alum with three advanced degrees: a master’s from La Follette, a J.D. from the Law School, and a Ph.D from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
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