Burlington County Commissioner Allison Eckel has been named to a national panel that advises the country’s EPA on environmental policy and issues.
Eckel was one of 16 new members and 13 returning members appointed to serve on the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee. The panel was created in 1993 to provide independent and objective policy advice to the EPA administrator on a broad range of issues.
The committee this year is expected to provide input on proposed lead and copper rule changes, a draft policy for reducing plastic pollution and strategies to improve community engagement on climate change issues.
Eckel is one of just two state officials on the panel this year; the other is Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.
“Protecting our natural environment is a passion of mine, so I’m excited to bring our county’s perspective to this group,” Eckel said. ” … I’m honored to join and participate in these important conversations.”