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Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart

Senior Fellow


As a Senior Fellow, Dr. van der Vaart offers insight to the use of science in making policy decisions primarily in the environmental and energy areas. He holds degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Law. Previously, Dr. van der Vaart was the first career employee and the first Ph.D. scientist to serve as Secretary for the N. C. Department of Environmental Quality. He also serves on the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board.
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