As of Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters will be named after the nation’s 42nd president. The name change, which will take place in a private ceremony, was announced via email Tuesday by the agency’s acting administrator, Bob Perciasepe.
“In December 2012, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to name our Agency Headquarters building at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., as the ‘William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building,'” Perciasepe wrote in an email obtained by The Washington Examiner. “At that time, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, who authored the legislation, stated that ‘Bill Clinton demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting public health and the environment.'”
According to National Review, the decision to rename the EPA’s headquarters after Slick Willie came after “a unanimous vote to approve the naming by both houses of Congress.” The vote occurred Tuesday in both chambers – nearly 14 years to the day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach Clinton for perjury during his testimony about the Monica Lewinsky affair. The Senate later absolved Clinton of the charges, though.
Clinton’s name will replace that of Ariel Rios, a special agent who died in the line of duty in 1982 while undercover on a presidential anti-drug task force in Florida. The building was named after Rios while it still housed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
To respect the wishes of Rios’ family, his name will be added to a reflecting pool at the current ATF headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to the email.