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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has appointed Wendy Radcliff as its new environmental advocate -- for the second time.

Radcliff, who was the first of only two individuals to ever hold the position in 1994, left the agency in 1998 to obtain her law degree from West Virginia University. She has spent the last 10 years working as an assistant state Attorney General to advise the Environmental Quality Board, the Air Quality Board and the Surface Mine Board.

“Wendy did an exemplary job as the DEP’s first-ever environmental advocate and I couldn’t be more pleased that she has agreed to come back to the role to once again provide assistance to the public,” DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman said in a press release. “This is a very important position within the agency and I can’t think of a more ideal candidate.
"Not only does Wendy have the experience and knowledge to perform the job functions, but her strong communications skills should be a major asset as well.”

As the environmental advocate, Radcliff will serve as a liaison between the DEP and individuals and groups that are concerned about the environment.

“I am excited about the opportunity to again serve the citizens of West Virginia as the DEP’s environmental advocate and am eager to get started addressing their concerns,” Radcliff said in a news release.

She will begin work as the new advocate June 16.

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