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Student Pugwash USA's 14th National Conference on Science and Social Responsibility: Promoting the Integrity of Science

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Bruce C. Buckheit

From 1996 to December, 2003, Bruce Buckheit was Director of the Air Enforcement Division in EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The Air Enforcement Division is responsible for major case development and prosecution as well as policy development and national program management respecting stationary sources regulated under the Clean Air Act. The Division is also directly responsible for mobile source and clean fuels enforcement under the Federal statute.

Mr. Buckheit’s Federal service began in 1974 in the Office of Chief Counsel with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. From 1974 to 1984 Mr. Buckheit investigated and prosecuted a number of substantial safety defect matters. In 1984 Mr. Buckheit transferred to the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice and served in several positions, culminating as Senior Counsel. While at the Department of Justice Mr. Buckheit served as lead counsel in a number of significant environmental cases, including Conservation Chemical (CERCLA), Marine Shale Processors (RCRA,CWA, CAA); Metro Denver, St. Louis MSD and the Ocean Dumping cases (CWA) and the General Motors, Bethlehem Steel and Kobe Steel cases (CAA).

Mr. Buckheit received a B.S. Degree in Physics from Manhattan College in 1969, a M.S. Degree in Physics from the College of William & Mary in 1971 and a J.D. Degree in law from the Marshall Whythe School of Law (William & Mary) in 1974. Mr. Buckheit lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Pat and two children. He is now retired and providing environmental consulting services for select clients. He also serves as a member of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board.