The nominee for deputy administrator for the environmental Protection Agency has stepped down.
Jon Cannon said he made his decision because of his former involvement with the now-defunct America’s Clean Water Foundation, where he once served on the board of directors.
“While my service on the board of that now-dissolved organization is not the subject of the scrutiny, I believe the energy and environmental challenges facing our nation are too great to delay confirmation for this position,” says Cannon in a prepared release, “and I do not wish to present any distraction to the agency.”
The EPA’s inspector general’s concluded in 2007 that the foundation mismanaged $25 million in EPA grants.
“I’m disappointed that Jon Cannon will be unable to serve as Deputy Administrator, and I thank him for his many years of dedication to the EPA,” says EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
Jackson added that the agency will be moving quickly to find a new candidate for the position.
Cannon is currently a professor of environmental law at the University of Virginia.