KATHLEEN JOHNSON, Enforcement Division
Kathleen Johnson is in charge of EPA’s regulatory enforcement activities in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and the Paci c Islands, as well as on tribal lands in the Paci c Southwest. The Enforcement Division, with a staff of 95, including inspectors, planners and data analysts, consolidates the enforcement of key federal statutes such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Oil Pollution Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Kathleen’s top priority is to achieve high rates of environmental compliance through strategic collaboration with states, tribes, local governments and the U.S. Department of Justice. Kathleen also manages the environmental review process for the Region, evaluating the potential environmental impacts of federal projects. Before heading up the Enforcement Division, Kathleen developed her leadership skills in previous positions at Region 9. Most recently, she served as Public Affairs Director, overseeing the regional communications program. Formerly, Kathleen was a senior manager in the Superfund program, overseeing numerous cleanup projects in communities throughout the region, including military base closures in California and massive groundwater pollution sites in Arizona. For seventeen years prior to that, she served as an enforcement attorney in the Of ce of Regional Counsel, where she supervised complex multi-party litigation to effect cleanups, notably at Iron Mountain Mine, Operating Industries, Inc. land ll, and the San Gabriel Valley aquifer. Kathleen earned a law degree from Baylor University School of Law and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas. Before beginning her career with the EPA, she was in private legal practice in Houston, Texas.