RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) is pleased to acknowledge the nomination by President Bush of Stephen Johnson to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Over the years, we at RISE have found Steve Johnson to be a fair regulator who takes into consideration comments from all organizations, NGOs as well as industry, when making a decision,” said Allen James, president of RISE.

“RISE looks forward to working with Steve on issues such as ESA counterpart regulations, pesticide rule-making and maintaining FIFRA as the federal pesticide standard,” James said.

According to the White House, when confirmed, Johnson will become the first professional scientist to lead the EPA. During his 24-year career with the agency, he has advanced through many management positions to his most recent position of deputy administrator of the EPA.

RISE is the national association representing the manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with pesticide products used in turf, ornamental, pest control, aquatic and terrestrial vegetation and other non-food/fiber applications. Visit the RISE Web site at www.pestfacts.org.

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