The EPA in late April announced that Jeffrey Lape, director of the agency's Chesapeake Bay Program Office in Annapolis, has accepted a position as deputy director of the Office of Science and Technology in the EPA's Office of Water in Washington, D.C.

"EPA and our Bay partners have undertaken significant initiatives to restore the Bay, including following through on the president's Executive Order," said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin. "In leading our efforts, Jeff has shown unparalleled focus, energy and a sense of purpose."

Lape arrived at the Bay Program in 2007 while it was under numerous outside reviews, including ones by the EPA Office of Inspector General, the Congressional Governmental Accountability Office and others, many of which produced critical findings.

Under Lape, the Bay Program responded by developing a new Chesapeake Action Plan that better coordinated and prioritized restoration activities and, to implement the plan, he oversaw the first comprehensive reorganization of the Bay Program since its start in 1983.

Lape will now manage the EPA's efforts to develop national standards and guidelines under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. The Office of Science and Technology also develops human health and ecological risk assessments and criteria.

James Edward, deputy director of the Bay Program, assumed the position of acting director when Lape began his new position May 23.

"I'm confident that Jim will vigorously continue the agency's and partners' efforts to restore the Bay," Garvin said.