Former EPA husband-wife team joins forces in regulatory consulting firm

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Clean Air Act expert Joe Kruger has left the Bipartisan Policy Center to join his wife, Dina, at a consulting firm she started in 2011.

The couple have a combined 39 years of U.S. EPA experience. Joe Kruger also worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in late 2009 and early 2010, when the office was supporting a push for climate change legislation on Capitol Hill.

Dina Kruger directed EPA's climate change division before departing in 2011 to start Kruger Environmental Strategies. She oversaw EPA's work on the endangerment finding for carbon dioxide, which forms the basis for its greenhouse gas regulations.

Joe Kruger's 17 years at EPA included work writing regulations for the acid rain trading program immediately after the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 were enacted. He shifted to analyzing the program's results and later led a group charged with educating other countries on how to use cap and trade to reduce emissions. He has served as the Bipartisan Policy Center's director of environment and energy since 2005.

The Kruger firm helps nonprofit and for-profit clients with EPA advocacy and regulatory issues, he said. Clients include low-carbon energy technology companies, environmental groups and a foundation.

The Krugers will be the only two employees of Kruger Environmental Strategies.

"As a friend of ours said, it will either work out great or else it will be a great plot for a reality TV show," Joe Kruger said.