February 18, 1982

The President today announced his intention to nominate Rita M. Lavelle to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Solid Waste and Emergency Response). She would succeed Marvin B. Durning.

Since 1979 Miss Lavelle has been director of communications, Aerojet Liquid Rocket Co., in Sacramento, Calif. She was director of communications, Cordova Chemical Co., in 1978-79; director of marketing, Intercontinental and Continental Chemicals, in 1976-78; department information officer and director of consumer education, California Department of Consumer Affairs, in 1971-76; and publications assistant to then Governor Ronald Reagan in 1969-71.

Miss Lavelle graduated from Holy Name College (B.A., 1969) and Pepperdine University (M.B.A., 1980). She was named one of the Outstanding Women in Aerospace by Aerospace Magazine in 1980.

She resides in Sacramento, Calif., and was born September 8, 1947, in Portsmouth, Va.