Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation chief quits

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has resigned. DEC Commissioner Emily Boedecker told her staff in an email Friday that she was leaving her post, effective immediately.

Emily Boedecker/File

Boedecker led the department, which oversees state environmental programs including wastewater, solid waste and many permitting programs, for three years. Boedecker did not give a reason for her departure. A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Phil Scott says Boedecker left to "pursue other opportunities."

Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore said she was "really grateful for Boedecker's service." Moore said that Peter Walke, the ANR deputy secretary, will be named DEC commissioner on Monday.

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