Train was born in 1920 in Jamestown, Rhode Island and graduated from Princeton University (B.A., 1941) and Columbia University Law School (J.D., 1948). During World War II, Train served in the United States Army (1941-1946), attaining the rank of Major. Early in his career, Train served from 1949 to 1956 as Attorney, Chief Counsel, and Minority Advisor on various Congressional committees and from 1956 to 1957 as Assistant to the Secretary and Head of the Legal Advisory Staff for the Treasury Department.
Train was a judge for the U.S. Tax Court from 1957 to 1965. He was President of The Conservation Foundation from 1965 to 1969 and Under Secretary of the Department of the Interior from 1969 to 1970. Between 1970 and 1973 he was Chairman of the newly formed Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
During his time as agency head, he led during the approval of the catalytic converter to achieve Clean Air Act automobile emission reductions; and the implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
After leaving EPA he served as President of the World Wildlife Fund-U.S. from 1978 to 1985 and as its Chairman from 1985 to 1994. During 1988 he also worked as Co-Chairman of Conservationists for Bush, and from 1990 to 1992 as Chairman of the National Commission on the Environment.
Train, Russell E.: Conservative Conservationist: Russell E. Train and the Emergence of American Environmentalism.(Brief article)(Book review)
Jan 01, 2008; Train, Russell E. Conservative Conservationist: Russell E. Train and the Emergence of American Environmentalism. J. Brooks...