ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 24, 1983
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REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) President Reagan reported appointing Lee Thomas, Alfred Zuck and Charles Dempsey as temporary replacements for terminated Environmental Protection Agency officials Rita Lavelle, John Horton and Matthew Novick, respectively; Reagan noted blaming press for controversy surrounding Environmental Protection Agency at present. [REAGAN - thinks media has created scandal.] Horton's denial of deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' claim that resignation was vol. noted. [HORTON - claims he was fired.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) Rita Lavelle's testimony before House featured; chairperson Representative Elliott Levitas' tape recording of conversation among Environmental Protection Agency officials concerning Stringfellow acid pits in California examined. [LEVITAS - relates officials' suggestion to burn pertinent files reminiscent of Watergate.] [LAVELLE - thinks ptys. on tape were her program staff.] Lavelle's claim that her EPA phone was bugged noted. [LAVELLE - explains dining with industry polluters.] Current status of hazardous dump sites in United States outlined on screen; current controversy noted pertaining to EPA's lack of cleanup of these sites despite funds provided by Congress
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory
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