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Breaking: Salmonson nomination withdrawn

Controversial nomination for the Director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control will no longer take place

Will Caron

The Hawaii Independent has learned that the nomination for Genevieve Salmonson, the current interim director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC), to the full position has been withdrawn by Governor Abercrombie.

The Senate committee on Energy and the Environment (chair: Gabbard, vice-chair: Ruderman) was scheduled to hear Salmonson’s nomination tomorrow, but Chair Gabbard sent a notice to committee members at approximately 7pm tonight notifying them that the governor has withdrawn her nomination.

Salmonson’s nomination was controversial because of her track record as OEQC Director under the Lingle and Cayetano administrations and drew criticism from nine separate environmental groups.