The head of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is leaving after two years on the job.
Brad Moore was named head of the MPCA in December 2006. Moore took over the agency from Sheryl Corrigan, who came to state government from 3M.
Corrigan was criticized by legislators and others for taking industry's side in environmental matters.
Under Moore's leadership, the MPCA took steps to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species, and negotiated a deal with 3M on the cleanup of industrial chemicals from landfills and a production plant in the east metro.
"Brad has brought effective, thoughtful leadership to the MPCA and has enhanced the state's reputation as a leader in environmental protection," Gov. Pawlenty said in a statement. "He has been a productive and valued member of state government for more than 20 years, and we thank him for his service."
Pawlenty's office said Moore will leave the agency Dec. 1 to take a job in the private sector.