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Council on Environmental Quality Designation of Gustave Speth as Chairman.

August 02, 1979

The President today announced that he has designated Gustave Speth, of Washington, D.C., to be Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality. He replaces Charles Warren, who has resigned.

Speth has been a member of CEQ since March 1977 and has served as Acting Chairman since June 30 of this year.

Among his principal responsibilities at the Council are energy policy, water resources policy and wetlands protection, toxic chemicals and pollution control, and economics and regulatory issues. He has served as Chairman of the administration's Toxic Substances Strategy Committee and has been a member of the interagency groups which developed the administration's policies on solar energy, nuclear waste management, and water resources.

Before his appointment to CEQ, Speth was with the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmental organization which he helped found in 1970.

He was born in Orangeburg, S.C., on March 4, 1942. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1964 and attended Balliol College, Oxford, England, on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he received an advanced degree in economics. In 1969 he received an LL.B. from Yale Law School.

In 1969 and 1970, Speth was a law clerk to Justice Hugo L. Black of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has served on a number of committees of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the D.C. Bar and was a trustee of the Institute of Ecology from 1972 to 1974.

Jimmy Carter, Council on Environmental Quality Designation of Gustave Speth as Chairman. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/249995

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