Leaving a Righted Ship

Ruckelshaus quits EPA after a brief tour of duty

What did he see or what did they tell him?" That question was posed by an official of the Environmental Protection Agency after the sudden resignation of EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus last week following a meeting with White House aides. According to one line of speculation, Ruckelshaus had been told that the agency would be asked to accept a 30% budget cut, despite the President's pro-environment campaign pledges.

Nonsense, said Ruckelshaus, 52, who took over the scandal-ridden agency 18 months ago from Anne Burford after she was pressured into resigning. "The ship called EPA...

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