DHEC Director of Environmental Affairs Myra Reece Named Chair of National Environmental Council of the United States

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 7, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC — Myra Reece, director of environmental affairs for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), has been named the new chair of the Environmental Council of States (ECOS) and is expected to serve in that role until in fall 2023.

“Director Reece is a thoughtful and collaborative leader who has dedicated her career to protecting public health and the environment, and ECOS couldn’t be in better hands with her at the helm,” said Michael S. Regan, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

ECOS is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders who work together to improve the ability of state environmental agencies to protect and improve human health and the United States environment. America.

Myra Reece, director of environmental affairs for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), has been named the new chair of the Environmental Council of States (ECOS).

“At DHEC, we recognize how valuable Myra’s leadership is to our great state every day, and we are proud to support her in this important role as she continues to lead our Environmental Affairs Division,” said Dr. Edward Simmer, Director of DHEC. “She will bring years of experience advocating for the protection and promotion of natural resources to the national conversation.”

Reece, who has served as Vice President since the fall of 2021, assumes the leadership role as soon as former ECOS President Ben Grumbles of Maryland accepted the position of Executive Director of ECOS.

“I am thrilled to continue working with this amazing team of environmental leaders from across the country,” says Reece. “We see firsthand how the state government plays a vital role in collaborating with our federal partners and with each other on the environmental issues that shape the national conversation.”

Reece has worked at DHEC for more than 30 years, serving in regional offices and then as Chief of the Office of Air Quality before being named Director of Environmental Affairs in 2016. She has held leadership positions at ECOS since 2019 as Chair of the Planning Committee, Secretary-Treasurer and Vice-Chair.

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