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EPA Nominee Defends Environmental Record

Gov. Michael O. Leavitt defended his environmental record after his nomination to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was criticized by environmentalists.
August 15, 2003, 12pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Governor Leavitt's record has drawn criticism from conservationists, who voice concerns about his warm ties with industry, especially mining, timber, oil and gas interests. Among the actions they cite are his secret negotiations with the Interior Department to eliminate protections for millions of acres of wilderness and his insistence on building a major highway through wetlands and fragile shore areas around the Great Salt Lake, a project stopped by the courts.Others, however, have praised Governor Leavitt for keeping nuclear waste out of his state and for working against urban sprawl. "

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Published on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 in The New York Times
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