Former Monsanto executive, Aurelia Skipwith, has been nominated to lead the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). If confirmed, Skipwith’s duties would include enforcing federal wildlife laws and conserving and restoring wildlife habitat.
Environmental and conservation groups condemned the nomination, noting Skipwith had spent the past year at the Interior Department helping to oversee the administration’s dismantling of wildlife protections.
Skipwith worked for pesticide giant Monsanto from 2006 to 2012. Skipwith currently serves as deputy assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the Interior Department, where she is responsible for the protection of lands and water in national parks and the wildlife refuge system.
“Skipwith will always put the interests of her old boss Monsanto and other polluters ahead of America’s wildlife” Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement released Tuesday.
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