Environment: Policeman for Pollution

John Mitchell's Justice Department has been considered a sanctuary for Republicans who got their jobs after failing to win political elections. This was true of Assistant Attorney General William Ruckelshaus, loser in a 1968 Senate race against Indiana's Birch Bayh. But Ruckelshaus proved to be a winner in the department, where he soon became one of its ablest young (38) voices of moderation. Last spring he persuaded Mitchell to permit a massive antiwar rally near the White House; he even got his boss to make speeches extolling peaceful protest. Now President Nixon has nominated Ruckelshaus for a crucial job: head of...

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