Since N.E.T. has a Michigan office, and with Whitman's recent visit to the state, I'm passing along a statement from N.E.T. President Phil Clapp on today's resignation of Christie Whitman as head of EPA.
STATEMENT OF PHILIP E. CLAPP, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST ON THE RESIGNATION OF EPA ADMINISTRATOR WHITMAN:
Christie Whitman must feel like her own long national nightmare is finally over.
No EPA administrator has ever been so consistently and publicly humiliated by the White House. She was a loyal soldier for the President for two years,
but there is a point when even the most loyal can no longer defend the indefensible.
Even though Gov. Whitman achieved two important victories - cleaning up the PCBs in the Hudson River and starting a process to reduce diesel emissions --
the White House listened more often to industry lobbyists than to its EPA administrator.
She was forced to preside over the weakening of clean air rules that apply to power plants, clean water rules that end protection for millions of streams,
and a massive slowdown in cleaning up toxic waste sites, among other things. That probably wasn't what she had in mind back in January 2001.
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