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Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe.

McCabe leaving Murphy administration

DEP commissioner retiring to spend time with family

By Nikita Biryukov, December 01 2020 9:29 am

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe will retire next month, leaving vacant the post of New Jersey’s top environmental official vacant.

“It has been an honor to lead New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, helping to implement Governor Murphy’s bold vision in this critical time,” she said. “Together with partners across the Administration, supported by DEP’s exceptional career professionals, we have made New Jersey stronger and fairer through our respect for science and the rule of law.”

The move was first reported by Politico New Jersey. McCabe told the outlet she was retiring to spend more time with family in Washington. She said she wouldn’t join President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.

She’ll leave her job in New Jersey’s government on Jan. 15.

McCabe has experience on the federal level. She served as acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator in 2017. Previously, she was deputy regional administrator for the EPA’s Region 2 office.

“From helping to enact New Jersey’s first-in-the-nation environmental justice law to reigniting the State’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change, Commissioner McCabe has restored the Department to its rightful place as a national leader in environmental protection,” Murphy said. “I wish her nothing but the best as she enters retirement. There is no greater job than being a grandmother.”

There’s no clear line on McCabe’s successor, though the governor’s office said an announcement on that would be made in the coming weeks.

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