Local EPA Admin Continues to Work Amid Government Shutdown
By John Palminteri of KEYT News
Despite the government shutdown the EPA administrator from Santa Barbara County is still on the job. Carpinteria resident Mike Stoker has been coordinating emergency help along with FEMA for fire victims in California along with disaster relief in other areas of Region 9.
That covers 50-million people in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific Islands and 148 tribes. He says this kind of emergency response is still authorized. While the shutdown is on, Stoker says he is working on a rapid restarting process for his staff as soon as the shutdown is over.
The region's main office is in San Francisco.
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