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Former DEP official tapped to lead EPA regional office

A former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regional director is under consideration to lead EPA's Region 3 Office, which oversees Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regional director Cosmo Servidio is being tapped to lead the EPA's Region 3 Office, according to people familiar with the decision.

The Trump administration intends to name former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Southeast Regional Director Cosmo Servidio as head of EPA’s Region 3 office, according to two people familiar with the move.

Region 3 covers the Mid-Atlantic, encompassing Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Servidio was named DEP Southeast Regional Director in 2012 by former Republican Governor Tom Corbett. He abruptly resigned in October 2016. An agency spokesman declined to explain the reason for Servidio’s departure. It occurred a few months after the ouster of former DEP Secretary, John Quigley.

Neither Servidio nor the EPA responded to requests seeking comment Tuesday. Cecil Rodrigues is currently serving as Acting Administrator for Region 3.

A 2012 press release for Servidio’s appointment to DEP describes him as, “a businessman and former chief of staff to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region II administrator.”

DEP’s southeast region covers Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Servidio has also previously served in senior positions with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the administration of former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.

After his first stint in the public sector, Sevidio worked in government relations for State Street Partners, according to the release. Later, he worked for global insurance broker Willis Group Holdings North America in Morristown, New Jersey.

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