Governor Newsom Makes Key Appointments to Cal EPA

Sept. 11, 2019 – – Gov. Newsom has announced the following appointments to Cal EPA

Kristin Peer, 39, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy secretary and special counsel for water policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Peer has been assistant general counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency since 2015. She was a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 2010 to 2015, an associate at Miller, Starr, Regalia from 2007 to 2010 and a credit analyst at Union Bank from 2002 to 2004.

Jeremy Brown, 40, of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant general counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Brown has served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General since 2014. He was a clinical instructor and research fellow at the University of Texas School of Law from 2012 to 2014, an associate at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP from 2010 to 2012 and a legal fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council from 2009 to 2010.

Suma Peesapati, 45, of San Diego, has been appointed assistant general counsel for enforcement at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Peesapati has served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General since 2018. She was owner of Peesapati Law from 2017 to 2018 and a visiting assistant professor and staff attorney at the University of California, Irvine School of Law from 2015 to 2017. Peesapati was a staff attorney at Earthjustice from 2010 to 2014, a sole practitioner of law from 2008 to 2010 and an associate at Adams, Broadwell, Joseph and Cardozo from 2003 to 2008.

Almond Alliance Submits Comments on Glyphosate to EPA

Sept. 11, 2019 – -The Almond Alliance submitted comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency on the proposed interim registration review decision on Glyphosate. We articulated the importance of weed control for almond growers, including reducing weed competition with young trees during a very important period of orchard establishment; keeping micro-irrigation systems clear of weeds to support the efficient and effective use of a precious resource; and, maintaining a clean orchard floor prior and during harvest to facilitate harvest and sustain food safety best practices. We expressed that the nature of glyphosate’s mode of action reduces or eliminates the need for multiple applications of other herbicides which would be required to maintain the same level of vegetation management. Almond growers know glyphosate is a safe, efficient, and cost-effective weed control — recent data from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation suggests that most almond growers incorporate glyphosate into their weed control regimen. If agriculture is expected to feed 10 billion people by 2050, we cannot be without the needed management tools including glyphosate. The Almond Alliance fully supports U.S. EPA and other expert regulators who have assessed the extensive body of science on glyphosate-based herbicides for more than 40 years, continuing to conclude that these products are safe when used as directed. If you would like a copy of the Almond Alliance comments, please contact Ashley Hollis at the Almond Alliance.