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DENVER — A former mayor of Boulder, Colo., has been chosen as the regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's office in Denver.

The EPA said Tuesday that Shaun McGrath will replace Region 8 administrator James Martin, who resigned in February. Martin's departure came as Republicans investigated whether he used private email accounts to conduct official business, but Martin said he was leaving to focus on his family.

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EPA Region 8 covers Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 tribal nations.

McGrath's experience includes working for the energy and environmental-planning policy firm Wheelhouse Associates and serving as the executive director of the American Solar Energy Society in Boulder. He also was a deputy director of White House intergovernmental affairs in Barack Obama's administration.

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