Kenneth W. Patterson is the Director of the Regional Support Division (RSD) in the Office of Site Remediation Enforcement (OSRE), a part of Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Headquarters in Washington, D.C. OSRE is responsible for developing and implementing national enforcement policy for: the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or "Superfund"); the corrective action provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); and the remediation provisions of the Oil Pollution Act. Mr. Patterson's responsibilities include the management of OSRE's Brownfields and Revitalization Team responsible for liability issues that arise in the Agency's implementation of the brownfields-related provisions of CERCLA. He has held management positions in both RSD as well as OSRE's Policy and Program Evaluation. In addition to his management responsibilities, he represented EPA in Superfund reauthorization discussions on Capitol Hill from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, he also served as EPA's representative on the staff of the President's Council on Sustainable Development, and in that capacity served as Director for the National Town Meeting for a Sustainable America.
Before joining EPA in 1988, Mr. Patterson was an administrative law judge in North Carolina's Office of Administrative Hearings, presiding over environmental matters and other administrative proceedings. Prior to this, he spent four years as an assistant district attorney in northeastern North Carolina, prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor dockets. He received his bachelor of arts and law degrees from Wake Forest University, and is a member of the North Carolina and District of Columbia Bars.