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EPA #83009

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 09, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) President Reagan recalled firing Environmental Protection Agency assistant administration Rita Lavelle following her refusal to resign. [EPA administration Anne GORSUCH - explains reasons for firing Lavelle.] Gorsuch noted facing criminal chgs. for refusing to reveal information on toxic waste sites Lavelle was responsible for; focus of controversy said congress superfund established for toxic waste site cleanup. Congress's concern over possible political considerations in granting cleanup money noted; California's Stringfellow acid pits and then-Governor Jerry Brown's efforts to have them cleaned cited as example [GORSUCH - denies pols. is involved.] Justice Department said investigating another top Environmental Protection Agency official for possibly using government employee to manage his personal finances.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

Gregory, Bettina;
Reynolds, Frank

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