- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia mayor-elect Muriel Bowser has tapped outgoing D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells to run the city’s environmental agency.

Wells gave up his Council seat this year to run for mayor. He endorsed Bowser after losing to her in the Democratic primary.

On environmental issues, Wells is best known as the architect of the city’s 5-cent fee for disposable plastic bags. It’s meant to encourage use of reusable bags. The money raised by the fee goes toward cleaning up the Anacostia River.

Wells is also an advocate for mass transit and alternatives to personal vehicles.

Bowser announced Friday that Wells will serve as director of the District Department of the Environment. She says Wells is passionate about “conservation, clean transportation and creating a more sustainable District.”

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