The former director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), Trey Glenn, has been named the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 4 Administrator. Glenn will oversee environmental protection efforts across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
As director of ADEM from 2005 – 2009, Glenn managed over 600 employees tasked with ensuring a safe, healthy, and productive environment to all Alabama residents. Prior to that he served as division director for the Alabama Office of Water Resources from 2001- 2005 where he was responsible for leading day-to-day operations on coordinating and managing Alabama’s water resources. Most recently, he’s been working as an independent engineer consultant and business owner, focused on environmental issues.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made the announcement of his appointment on Monday. Glenn is Pruitt’s first appointment of a regional administrator since being confirmed in February.
“Trey Glenn will bring invaluable experience as regional administrator having spent over two decades working in the field of environmental and regulatory policy,” said Pruitt. “Mr. Glenn will help us carry out President Trump’s vision of creating a more streamlined and efficient EPA that focuses on the Agency’s core mission, while also providing more regulatory certainty to our nation’s businesses.”
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey echoed Pruitt’s confidence in Glenn.
“We are proud to have a person of Trey Glenn’s caliber leading such an important organization for our area. His experience as Director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management places him in a unique position to be prepared to work with these southern states,” said Ivey. “We are also especially glad to know someone with in-depth knowledge of Alabama will be overseeing our region. Our state looks forward to working closely with Trey and the EPA team to ensure the needs of the state are met and that we stay environmentally friendly.”
Alabama’s Senior U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said he believes Glenn is well-prepared for his new role.
“As an accomplished environmental engineer from Alabama, Trey Glenn is well-prepared for this new role and challenge as the EPA Region 4 Administrator,” added Shelby. “Trey has a proven record of leveraging internal and external operations to advance clearly defined goals. Having served as the director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, he understands the value and importance of state authority and control. I am confident that Trey will provide respected leadership across the eight state region, while also promoting and protecting a strong and healthy environment.”
Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary also issued a statement in support of Glenn.
“Trey’s experience as director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, at the Alabama Office of Water Resources, and his engineering and management work as a business owner in the private sector gives him valuable knowledge that will serve both citizens, businesses, and the environment,” Canary said. “As a valuable member of the BCA advocacy team, Trey provided important leadership and advice in environmental matters for Alabama’s business community.”
Lance LeFleur, Director of Alabama Department of Environmental Management, who has working experience with Glenn said he’s confident Glenn will do an outstanding job in his new role.
“I have had the opportunity to work with Trey Glenn as I transitioned into my position as Director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management – a position he previously occupied – so I have seen his capabilities first hand,” assured LeFleur. “President Trump made a wise choice in selecting Trey. I am confident he will do an outstanding job, especially considering he will have an exceptionally fine career staff in Region 4 at his side. I look forward to working with Trey in assuring for Alabama citizens a safe, healthful, and productive environment.”