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Former EPA chief Carol Browner accuses Bush Administration of gutting agency
BERKELEY – Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner says the Bush administration is gutting the agency she led for eight years.
"It is not simply a question of benign neglect – rather,
it is actual destruction," Browner said. "They
are systematically dismantling the system that has brought
Browner spoke at Boalt Hall on Thursday afternoon. The lecture was sponsored by the College of Natural Resources' Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management as part of an ongoing colloquium series.
Browner had the longest tenure of any EPA administrator, heading up a $7 billion-dollar-a-year, 18,000-employee agency under former President Bill Clinton. She said that with the country focused on issues such as the war in Iraq, homeland security and the economy, not much press coverage or public attention is focused on the changes that the Bush administration is making to environmental rules.
Among the examples she cited: