Perdue names new EPD nominee

F. Allen Barnes will be the new director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division if Gov. Sonny Perdue’s choice for the job is approved by the Department of Natural Resources board on Wednesday.

Barnes, a former regional U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief of staff, will replace Carol Couch at EPD. Couch resigned earlier this month to take a teaching position at the University of Georgia.

The DNR board is expected to approve Perdue’s choice.

“Allen brings a wealth of environmental and management experience to this position,” Perdue said in a statement. “His impressive government and academic background ensures he will successfully lead EPD as they continue to be responsible stewards of our most precious natural resources.”

Barnes was Region Four chief of staff for the federal EPA from 2002 to 2005, a posting that covered an eight-state southeastern region.He also taught natural resource policy and law at Mississippi State University from 1996 to 2002. A former Florida state prosecutor, Barnes was also a special assistant U.S. attorney handling, among other topics, environmental litigation. He is a partner in King & Spalding’s environmental practice.

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October 26th, 2009
1:47 pm

Why is there a comment section on this story? How many people are going to be flocking to the AJC to make comments on this type of appointment, lets see. I’m betting 2

Aaron Gould Sheinin

October 26th, 2009
2:06 pm

Dude, it’s a blog. The comments section is open on every blog posting. And of those 2, are you one more? And does that make me the second?


October 26th, 2009
4:21 pm

Let’s see… a Bush era appointee to the EPA, a time when the EPA was notoriously reluctant to go after big business polluters and others causing environmental problems. And he’s a King & Spalding lawyer, too? So who would he likely represent in a lawsuit — mom & pop? Duh, no. Big bizness polluters.


October 26th, 2009
5:19 pm

Seems a bit worrisome to have this fellow guarding our environment based on the non environmental protection of the past decade. I wonder if he’ll continue to let all those places from Columbus south continue to dump poorly treated sewage into the river?


October 26th, 2009
6:42 pm

Why does somebody from King and Spalding take this low paying job?


October 26th, 2009
6:47 pm

Another “good ol’ boy’s club” appointment by Perdue – just exactly what we have come to expect from him. A clear case of the fox guarding the hen house. When will Georgians awaken from this bad dream and do something about the mess our state government both the Democrats and the Republicans have let it become?

Tom B

October 27th, 2009
8:12 am

Purdue to environment: Drop dead.

Anonymous Howard

October 27th, 2009
8:54 am

“Why does somebody from King and Spalding take this low paying job?”

I’ll give you a hint: Perdue only has a year left, and Barnes will have a job waiting for him at King & Spalding. Think he can charge his clients more with his new insider connections at EPD?

Anonymous Howard

October 27th, 2009
8:57 am

“Dude, it’s a blog” should definitely be the new tagline for Gold Dome Live!

[...] Perdue nominates Allen Barnes as new EPD director. [...]

Aaron Gould Sheinin

October 27th, 2009
9:40 am

Great idea Howard! I’ll see what I can do about that. But don’t tell my bosses. They might not think it’s as funny.

A good choice — Peach Pundit

October 27th, 2009
10:00 am

[...] Good call, Sonny. F. Allen Barnes will be the new director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division if Gov. Sonny Perdue’s choice for the job is approved by the Department of Natural Resources board on Wednesday. [...]

Lotsa Lawyers Running Things! Efficiency Assured!

October 27th, 2009
10:01 am

They might as well go ahead hand over the rest of state government to King & Spalding.They already control most of it. Lawyers running DNR. Lawyers running EPD. I thought Republicans didn’t like lawyers! Our grandchildren will appreciate a ruined landscape, mercury tainted creeks and rivers, poisoned fish and coal smoke in every crevice of their lungs. These K&S lawyers would sell out their own grandchildren’s health and welfare for a little current cash from the utilties.


October 27th, 2009
10:30 am

I see many more nuke and coal burning plants in Georgia’s future! Mercury & meltdowns!

concerned enviro

October 29th, 2009
12:35 am

So HAS HE REPRESENTED any of the “bad boys” in any environmental cases?
This would be invaluable information for my community, i.e. environmental justice that we, in SW Atlanta, are dealing with right now, since the Georgia EPD has turned a “blind eye” to the very blatant contaminators (huge pockets) in our neighborhood.


November 1st, 2009
4:43 pm

I look forward to the news stories about Barnes’ beliefs on global climate change and the ethics of approving permits for more coal-fired power plants.

Curious Observer

November 2nd, 2009
1:54 pm

Great to see another Republican good ‘ol boy get appointed. Environment? We don’t need no stinking environment!

Tree huggin steve

November 4th, 2009
2:01 am

I think after looking at his accomplishments and former employments barnes looks too be a pretty good guy. I mean humble roots, college proffessor, epa employee.. so what hes a lawyer too. Hes not coming in to try and pollute the state and ill be damned if hes not smarter than that last lady trying to run that job