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Vermont Environmental Conservation Commissioner Resigns

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Vermont's commissioner of environmental conservation announced her resignation Friday.

In an email to her staff, DEC Commissioner Emily Boedecker said she was leaving her post, effective immediately.

Boedecker has led the Department of Environmental Conservation for three years. The department oversees state environmental programs, including waste water, solid waste and many permitting programs.

Previously, Boedecker led Local Motion, a Burlington-based group working to expand pedestrian and bicycle access statewide.  

Boedecker did not give a reason for her sudden departure. A spokeswoman for Gov. Phil Scott says Boedecker left to "pursue other opportunities."

Boedecker thanked her staff in her email:

“It is thanks to you that development occurs in compliance with the value we have placed on our natural resources, that businesses operate with care for the quality of our air, that every glass of water we draw in Vermont is worthy of the green mountain state."

Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore said Friday she was "really grateful for [Boedecker's] service."

"She did an excellent job as DEC commissioner," she said.   

Peter Walke, the ANR deputy secretary, will be named DEC commissioner on Monday, Moore said.

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