New Mexico Regulator To Be Regional EPA Chief

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Ron Curry, a former New Mexico environmental regulator, will become the new regional head of the Environmental Protection Agency, overseeing the multi-state area that includes Texas. He replaces Al Armendariz, who resigned in the spring after a video surfaced in which he compared his oil and gas enforcement philosophy to the ancient Romans crucifying the Turks.

Curry, a native of the New Mexico town of Hobbs, just west of the Texas border, spent 2003 through 2010 as the secretary for environment under former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. According to archived news reports, he was strongly considered for the regional ...

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