This Ice Queen Does Not Melt

Is she controlling pollution or pulverizing the controller?

The walls of Anne Gorsuch's spartan Washington office are hung with tasteful, unobtrusive pictures of wildlife, as befits her role as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Her enemies, who are becoming legion, suggest that more suitable decoration would be stark photos of toxic waste dumps, polluted rivers and smog-choked cities.

As a Colorado legislator in the late '70s, Gorsuch, 39, led a successful battle to block her state's participation in the EPA's hazardous-wastes program. She also fought for less stringent auto emission standards in...

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