Bedford, New Hampshire – Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England Regional Administrator, Mr. Robert Varney, has joined Normandeau Associates as Senior Vice President. Mr. Varney, who was the longest-serving regional administrator and the top environmental official in New England, is nationally recognized for instituting many innovative approaches and policy initiatives that have served as national models.
In his role as Senior Vice President, Mr. Varney will focus on the continued expansion and strategic development of Normandeau Associates. His regulatory expertise and strategy experience will enhance Normandeau’s environmental and public involvement consulting services. “Bob’s work at the state and federal level, combined with his environmental services background and regulatory expertise, will strengthen our position in the marketplace, allowing us to continue spearheading solutions for future environmental issues,” says Pam Hall, president and CEO of Normandeau Associates. “Over the last 10 years, Normandeau Associates has simultaneously expanded its operations and diversified its services. Our 175 staff members, working in 13 offices and three laboratories across the country, have worked on projects in over 35 states as well as Manitoba, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Ireland, and Russia. We couldn’t be more pleased to have Bob, who is one of the nation’s most experienced, respected, and innovative environmental leaders, join our team and help guide our growth.”
“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work at Normandeau Associates which is one of the largest and oldest science-based environmental consulting firms in the country,” Mr. Varney notes. “The firm is highly respected by both regulatory agencies and clients for its professionalism and the high quality of its work. I look forward to working with the many scientists and environmental professionals at Normandeau Associates to help ensure that sound science, high quality work, and cost-effective solutions serve as the basis for informed decision making.”
At EPA New England, Mr. Varney was responsible for taking on high profile initiatives associated with climate change, energy efficiency and renewables, homeland security and preparedness, clean air and safe drinking water, superfund and brownfields cleanup and redevelopment, environmental justice and healthy communities, and the restoration of rivers, lakes, and coastal areas. He managed over 700 employees with a budget in excess of $530 million.
Previously, Mr. Varney was one of the nation’s longest-serving state environmental commissioners. As Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, he was appointed by three governors of both political parties. He also served as Director of the New Hampshire Office of State Planning, Executive Director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, and Executive Director of the Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee Council. In addition, Mr. Varney has chaired numerous professional organizations such as the Environmental Council of the States, NH Energy Facility Evaluation Committee, NH Water Resources Council, Federal Ozone Transport Commission, Governmental Advisory Committee, and the EPA Superfund Policy Forum. Mr. Varney will be based in the Bedford, New Hampshire headquarters of Normandeau Associates.
For additional information Mr. Varney can be reached at (603) 472-5191 or visit www.normandeau.com.