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Nominee for EPA is the latest to withdraw

Globe Wire Services / March 26, 2009
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WASHINGTON - In the latest nominee trouble for the Obama team, its pick for deputy administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew yesterday.

Jon Cannon, a professor of environmental law at the University of Virginia, said he's dropping out because of scrutiny of the now-defunct America's Clean Water Foundation, where Cannon once served on the board of directors and where the EPA's inspector general said in 2007 that $25 million in federal grants were mismanaged, according to press reports.

"I believe the energy and environmental challenges facing our nation are too great to delay confirmation for this position, and I do not wish to present any distraction to the agency," Cannon said in a statement.

A Senate panel had been scheduled to consider his nomination today.

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