Michael Bogert, former legal counsel to Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, has been staying away from Idaho issues he dealt with here in his new job as the regional head of the EPA in Seattle. But now, Bogert has been named the federal representative on the Coeur d’Alene Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission, which is overseeing basin cleanup in North Idaho.
“After assuming the EPA post, Bogert recused himself from all matters involving EPA’s activities in the Basin in order to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest,” the EPA said in a press release. “However, consistent with federal ethics rules, EPA recently determined that Mr. Bogert could serve as the federal representative on the Basin Commission. EPA found that due to his knowledge and experience, his presence on the Commission would be beneficial to the federal government and to advancing cleanup work in the Basin.”
Bogert said in the release, “I am looking forward to working closely with other Commission members on the critically important issues affecting the health and welfare of so many people in the Basin. I am proud of what we and our state, tribal, county, federal and public partners have already accomplished, but work remains to be done. Continued collaboration is essential to producing our shared goals of human health and environmental improvement in the Basin.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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