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EPA #82799

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 23, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) White House purge of Environmental Protection Agency by administration personnel director Helene von Damm examined. [Assistant Environmental Protection Agency administration John HORTON - describes firing.] Inspector general Matthew Novick, instigator of investigation of Horton, noted also among those fired; details given. [Representative James SCHEUER - criticizes President Reagan and Anne Burford's efforts to cover up situation with terminations.] Burford said agreeing on pol. aspect of firings.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Former assistant Environmental Protection Agency administration Rita Lavelle's testimony before congress committee today examined. [LAVELLE - denies sweetheart deals with polluters.] Issue of Lavelle's personal association with industry representatives involved in pollution cases before EPA discussed. [REP. - suggests conflict of interest] Letter from Environmental Protection Agency official to Justice Department accusing Lavelle of other improper contacts with polluters shown. [LAVELLE - defs. actions.] Allegations of Lavelle's misuse of superfund cleanup fund noted. [LAVELLE - criticizes Burford; recalls Burford's chgs. against her.]
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Donaldson, Sam;
Gregory, Bettina;
Reynolds, Frank

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