California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Director Selected

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Dec. 6 appointed Lauren Zeise director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Brown also appointed Lars Seifert, 42, of Imperial, to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board.

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Dec. 6 appointed Lauren Zeise director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Zeise, 62, of Berkeley, has been acting director of that office since 2015 and has served in several positions since 1991, including deputy director for scientific affairs and chief and acting chief of the Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch.

Brown also appointed Lars Seifert, 42, of Imperial, to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board. Seifert has been an environmental health services manager at the Imperial County Public Health Department since 2008, where he was an environmental health specialist from 2006 to 2008, and he was a research assistant at the Boston University Center for Energy and Environmental Studies from 2003 to 2004.

Zeise served in several positions at the California Department of Public Health from 1989 to 1991, including acting chief of the Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Section, chief of the Cancer Toxicology and Epidemiology Unit, and staff toxicologist. Her position requires California Senate confirmation and the compensation is $163,500.

Seifert's position also requires Senate confirmation, and its compensation is $250 per diem.

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