Genevieve Salmonson has been nominated as the interim director of the state Office of Environmental Quality Control.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie described Salmonson, who previously led the OEQC from 1999 to 2007, as "experienced in working across public and private sectors toward resolution and environmental compliance."
Gary Hooser, a former Kauai state senator who had been tapped by Abercrombie for the OEQC, often clashed with the administration on environmental policy. Hooser left after being elected last year to the Kauai County Council.
Interestingly, Salmonson led the OEQC during the controversy over the Hawaii Superferry project. The state determined that $40 million in harbor improvements for the Superferry did not require an environmental review, a decision that was rejected by the state Supreme Court and ultimately doomed the project.
Hooser was among the state lawmakers who had called for an environmental review of the project.