Chapter Two

Ruckelshaus wades into EPA

At the swearing-in ceremony at the old Executive Office Building in Washington, the President called him "an extraordinary public servant" who would have "total support in the difficult job of enforcing and administering our nation's environmental protection laws." Reagan urged him to start "a new chapter." With that mandate, William Ruckelshaus last week became the new administrator of the troubled Environmental Protection Agency. Said Jay Hair, executive vice president of the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest nonprofit citizen's conservation group: "Not only is Ruckelshaus the best choice anyone...

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