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State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council welcomes a new member

LACEY, Wash. - The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council welcomes a new council member today. 

Washington State Department of Ecology Director Laura Watson appointed Eli Levitt to serve as Ecology’s representative to EFSEC, replacing Rob Dengel. 

Levitt is Ecology’s information management and communications section manager in Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program. He has also served as the senior program planner and performance coordinator for Water Quality, and as a policy analyst and planner for the agency’s Climate Policy Group. Levitt compiled the agency’s last multimillion dollar Performance Partnership Agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, and brings experience in project and team management, policy development, strategic planning, and process improvement.

Levitt holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on environmental policy from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in environmental science and policy from Carleton College.

EFSEC is the state agency charged with providing “one-stop” licensing for certain types of major energy projects in Washington. EFSEC specifies the conditions of construction and operation. The council also manages an environmental and safety oversight program of facility and site operations. 

EFSEC is an independent council that is administratively housed at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. The council consists of a chair, appointed by the governor, and council members from five state agencies: Department of Commerce, Department of Ecology, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, and the Utilities and Transportation Commission.