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Shaun McGrath, Montana's new director of the Department of Environmental Quality, is set to start Dec. 1.

McGrath is a former regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Region 8 in Denver. He has also worked as deputy director for the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in the first two years of the Obama administration and has a decades-long career in public policy at the local, state, federal and international level.

He replaces former Director Tim Livers, who was named budget director for Gov. Steve Bullock earlier this year. Bullock released a statement Friday after the appointment was announced.

“I look forward to working with Shaun as he utilizes his extensive experience at all levels of government to work across the aisle and implement consistent regulatory solutions that safeguard Montana’s clean air, clean water and outdoor way of life,” Bullock said.

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McGrath also released a statement, saying he expects to follow Bullock and Livers' examples of "taking an inclusive and transparent approach to tackling the issues that come before the agency. Having a strong economy while protecting public health and the environment are not mutually exclusive goals. We accomplish this task best when we listen to each other and work together across all interests.”

McGrath was also a program director for the Western Governors Association for 14 years that included the tenures of former Montana Govs. Marc Racicot, Judy Martz and Brian Schweitzer. McGrath was also the mayor of Boulder, Colorado.

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