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For Immediate Release: June 23, 2003
Contact: Allen Mattison, 202-675-7903


          SIERRA CLUB PITCHES IN TO FIND NEW EPA CHIEF

     'EARN MONEY WHILE YOU SLEEP' PROCLAIMS GROUP'S NEW AD CAMPAIGN

Washington, DC-With Christie Todd Whitman stepping down from the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday, the search is on for
America's top environmental cop.  To move the job search along for the
underfinanced EPA, where staffing levels in the enforcement division
have sunk to their lowest level since 1986, the Sierra Club is running
ads this week that resemble a mock job description.

A full copy of the ad is available online at
http://www.sierraclub.org/epajob

Playing off of the Bush administration's expectations of Administrator
Whitman, the ad, which is titled, "Earn $$$ While You Sleep," calls for
candidates "who are fluent in doublespeak" and willing "to work late on
Friday evenings when all potentially unpopular announcements are made."
The ad also reminds candidates that the EPA is an Equal Opportunity
Employer: "Selection for this position will be based solely on merit
without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, or interest in
protecting America's natural heritage."

"The search for a new EPA Administrator makes for good satire, but the
Bush Administration's terrible record on the environment is no joke,"
explained Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope.  "The Bush
Administration needs to get serious about finding a capable replacement
to protect human health and safeguard America's environment."

Even though Administrator Whitman had respectable environmental
credentials, she wasn't given the power to do the job of cracking down
on polluters and protecting our families and communities.  From
resisting efforts to get arsenic out of our drinking water, to weakening
the clean air act and the enforcement of environmental safeguards, the
Bush Administration has demonstrated a pattern of siding with corporate
polluters over the health and safety of America's families.

One of the most important concerns about EPA has been the agency's lax
enforcement of air, water and toxins laws.  A recent report by Public
Employees for Environmental Responsibilty found that new criminal
pollution cases referred by EPA for federal prosecution are down more
than 40 percent and civil pollution cases are down 25 percent since
President Bush took office.

"Given the Administration's track record on the environment, there is
reason to be concerned that President Bush's next EPA Administrator
won't be allowed to do a better job of cutting pollution and keeping
families safe," said Pope.

The Sierra Club ad sends applicants to a website where readers are urged
to call the Bush administration and tell them we need an EPA
Administrator committed to protecting America's environment for our
families and for our future, and a White House that stops allowing
polluting industries to benefit at the expense of public health and the
environment.

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