February 3, 2010
Al Armendariz, SMU associate professor of environmental and civil engineering, was sworn in Tuesday, Feb. 2, as the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 6 Administrator.
The region includes Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, 66 Indian tribes and Texas — the nation's largest producer of industrial air pollution. Armendariz is taking over Region 6 as the EPA moves to toughen Texas pollution enforcement standards to meet federal Clean Air Act requirements followed by other states.
While on leave, Armendariz will retain his appointment with SMU's Lyle School of Engineering.
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