Environment: Fight over Sludge Starts to Get Dirty

Fight over Sludge Starts to Get Dirty

Environmental Protection Agency chief CAROL BROWNER is in for an angry letter from some Congressmen this week. At issue: "serious, perhaps even illegal" behavior on the part of EPA senior scientist ALAN RUBIN, author of the 503 Sludge Rule, which declared municipal wastes safe for spreading in forests and farmlands.

What Representative JOE KNOLLENBERG (R., Mich.), House science committee chair JAMES SENSENBRENNER (R., Wis.), Senator JAMES INHOFE (R., Okla.) and others want to know is, Has Rubin been engaging in "threatening and harassing" telephone calls and e-mails to the residences of anti-sludge activists Helaine Shields, Jane Beswick and others? Did Rubin...

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