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Bill Gates-Backed Solar Startup Exec to Head Permitting Agency

June 4, 2021, 6:01 PM

A California-based solar energy executive and former Obama official will become the Biden administration’s first executive director of a small but influential office that irons out kinks in environmental permitting, a White House spokesman told Bloomberg Law.

Christine Harada will be managing a tricky balancing act at the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council. She’ll have to ensure agencies conduct thorough environmental reviews that account for all sides’ views, while issuing permits fast enough to usher President Joe Biden’s ambitious plans for more renewable energy, roads, bridges, and water ...