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Re: E-M:/ WHITMAN SEEN AS HEAD OF EPA



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Enviro-Mich message from Sara Ashley <sashley@glc.org>
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As of this afternoon, it appears that Whitman has been named head of the EPA:
http://www.enn.com/news/wire-stories/2000/12/12202000/krt_whitman_40922.asp?site=email



Chad Bailey wrote:

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> Enviro-Mich message from Chad Bailey <crbailey@umich.edu>
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> I too have heard that Whitman is the #1 possibility.  Unfortunately, any
> open space efforts she may have made in NJ will not be under her
> jurisdiction.  The Department of Interior's likely head will by Gov.
> Racicot (spelling?) of Montana, an avowed Wise-User.  Whitman herself is a
> bit of a greenwashed figure.
>
> During Governor Whitman's tenure as governor, she has reduced enforcement
> of existing environmental laws and reduced the size of the NJ Department
> of Environmental Protection substantially.  When elected, she fired New
> Jersey's environmental prosecutor and declared New Jersey "open for
> business."  She made public statements that NJ industry was
> over-regulated by environmental agencies.  On the other hand, NJ has done
> some interesting work with multimedia, facility-wide emission permits
> through EPA's Project XL.
>
> As compared to Harding, she may be less hostile to environmental
> regulation.  Difficult to say...
>
> >
> > Folks,
> >
> > With all the discussion about Michigan's Harding as the possible head
> > of the EPA, I feel that it important to inform folks that there is
> > another serious candidate: New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman.  Since
> > my job of last has been to write weekly publication (Defenders'
> > WILDLines) that covers state wildlife issues, I have been following
> > NJ issues.  While this is in no way an endorsement of Whitman, she
> > has helped develop a fairly extensive state-funded open space
> > purchasing program and she also responded to public pressure and
> > delayed the opening of the state's first black bear hunt in 30 years.
> > (The state is now studying options to control the bear population
> > without a hunt.)
> >
> > Below are a few quotes from an article that appeared today:
> >
> > WHITMAN SEEN AS HEAD OF EPA
> >
> > Date: 001219
> > From: http://www.mostnewyork.com/
> >
> > By Thomas M. DeFrank, New York Daily News, December 19, 2000
> >
> >   Washington - New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman appears to have a lock
> > on a job in the George W. Bush administration as head of the
> > Environmental Protection Agency, a source said yesterday.
> > ....
> >   While it was not clear whether Whitman was offered the post when she
> > met with Bush at the Madison Hotel yesterday, the job "was discussed
> > with a level of seriousness," the source said.
> > ....
> >   Some Chamber of Commerce and business leaders have complained to the
> > Bushies that she was unfriendly to their interests.
> >
> >
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