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CHICAGO (August 31, 2021) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the appointment Madison, Wisconsin Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway to the Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee, or LGAC.

The LGAC is composed of 39 elected and appointed officials from local, state, tribal, and territorial governments across the United States. The LGAC provides advice and recommendations that assist the EPA in developing a stronger partnership with local governments.

“EPA is fortunate to have Mayor Rhodes-Conway participate in this important committee.  So many environmental concerns including drinking water and air quality, environmental justice, and the redevelopment of contaminated properties, can be addressed only with the participation of local governments,” said acting EPA Region 5 Administrator Cheryl Newton. “Addressing our most pressing environmental challenges requires the experience and expertise of local government leaders.”

“At this moment in history, all mayors must think about how to reinvest in their cities to create more sustainable, resilient, and just communities. This is a tremendous opportunity to work toward those outcomes for the benefit of Madisonians and in partnership with other local governments and the EPA,” said Mayor Rhodes-Conway. “I am honored to have this opportunity to help create a healthier and more equitable future for us all.”

Three other local officials from EPA Region 5 states were appointed to the LGAC: Mayor James Brainard of Carmel, Indiana; Genesee County, Michigan, Treasurer Deb Cherry; and Gary Brown, Director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

EPA received more than 150 nominations following a solicitation in March 2021.

For more information about the LGAC, please visit

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