Leavitt Starts Job as EPA Chief

Leavitt Starts Job as EPA Chief

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(Washington-AP) -- It's the first day on the job for Mike Leavitt as EPA chief.

The former Utah governor was sworn in as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency today.

He says his priority is hearing the staff's concerns and priorities for the agency.

And he summed up his approach to environmental management in one word: balance.

He told his staffers today the needs of the environment and the needs of humanity need to be balanced along with the needs of this generation and next.

President Bush nominated Leavitt to head the E-P-A in August.

He was confirmed by the Senate October 28 by an overwhelming majority.

Leavitt's Lieutenant Governor Olene Walker took over for Leavitt yesterday as Utah's governor.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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