EPA administrator nominee meets with Senate Environment Committee

Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt, President Bush’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, met with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for confirmation hearings last week.

Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said he wanted to put Leavitt’s nomination for the EPA position to the committee for a vote possibly late this month, after which it would go to the full Senate for final approval, according to a September 12 The Salt Lake Tribune article.

Leavitt faced confirmation Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. EDT in a session that Democrats intended to use as a forum for their allegations of a 9-11 air quality cover-up and a growing list of green grievances against President Bush.

Leavitt was expected to face questions at the hearing from Senate Democrats about not only his Utah record, but the Bush administration’s commitment to public health and a clean environment.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is planning to block Leavitt’s nomination until she receives a more complete explanation of why the White House pressured the EPA not to warn people in the vicinity of New York City's 9-11 Ground Zero of the danger from airborne asbestos, lead and other harmful substances after the terrorist attacks.

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