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EPA enforcement chief eyes shuffle of criminal program

July 8, 2003 A top Environmental Protection Agency official is reportedly considering a major overhaul of the agency's troubled criminal enforcement division's management and may for the first time tap an attorney to run the program instead of a more traditional candidate coming from the ranks of law enforcement or federal environmental law ...

EPA neglects lagging criminal enforcement division

July 7, 2003 Environmental Protection Agency officials for the last several years have ignored pleas from enforcement staff and OMB to boost staffing and funding levels for the agency's criminal enforcement division, forcing the overburdened office to cut back on badly needed equipment and increasing the risk of serious injury to special agents ...

Conservatives question Kempthorne choice for EPA

June 24, 2003 Conservative activists have begun to raise questions regarding a possible White House decision to tap Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne as the new administrator of EPA, charging that Kempthorne has too often abandoned conservative, free-market principles in support of large business interests. In private discussions with administration officials and through editorials ...

Field of candidates to head EPA narrows

June 16, 2003 With Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman preparing to vacate the agency's top job later this month, the field of likely candidates is beginning to narrow, with Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, a stalwart Republican and longtime opponent of environmental organizations, leading the pack of potentials, observers said. But Kempthorne, who ...

House panel weighs competing visions of EPA Cabinet bill

June 6, 2003 Environmentalists urged a House subcommittee Friday to avoid packing bureaucratic and regulatory reform in legislation that would elevate the Environmental Protection Agency to a Cabinet-level department, while backers of extensive EPA reforms made their case for an agency overhaul. Conservation activists warned the Government Reform Energy Policy, Natural Resources and ...

Think tank urges lawmakers not to privatize Amtrak

June 4, 2003 The Economic Policy Institute is calling on Congress to renew the federal commitment to Amtrak and urging lawmakers to avoid the temptation of privatizing the rail system, a proposal that has gained traction among some budget hawks and conservatives. The report comes as the Senate Commerce Surface Transportation and Merchant ...

Activists, Democrats brace for Defense environment showdown

May 13, 2003 Environmentalists and House and Senate Democrats are preparing to battle the Bush administration's efforts to exempt the Defense Department from a host of key environmental laws, with both chambers expected to take up the issue over the next two weeks, sources say. The issue has become increasingly politicized since it ...

Administration will seek $14B for transportation safety initiative

April 30, 2003 The Bush administration is set to ask Congress to provide the Transportation Department with $14 billion in new funds to pursue a new transportation safety initiative championed by Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, sources close to the issue said Wednesday. Mineta announced the package during a closed-door meeting with highway construction ...

Despite concerns, EPA backs enviro exemption for Defense Department

April 1, 2003 Environmental Protection Agency enforcement chief John Paul Suarez Tuesday told the Senate Armed Services Committee the agency fully supports a series of proposed environmental law exemptions for the Defense Department-despite the fact EPA has, until recently, maintained that laws such as the Clean Air Act pose no threat to the ...

House panel questions FAA management, spending

March 27, 2003 Democratic and Republican members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee Thursday grilled FAA Administrator Marion Blakey over the Bush administration's management of the agency, pushing Blakey to provide them with a list of spending and management reform priorities. Legislators questioned how federal security upgrades were done, as well ...