EPA Head Could Become Secretary Post

EPA Head Could Become Secretary Post

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Governor Mike Leavitt could become the EPA's first Secretary.

The White House said Tuesday it fully supports elevating the Environmental Protection Agency to Cabinet level.

Former presidents and President Bush have all invited the EPA administrators to sit as informal members of their cabinets.

Now the Bush administration wants to make it official.

But the move could be moot for Leavitt if Senator Clinton tries to block Leavitt's appointment.

Governor Leavitt must go through the Senate confirmation process before he officially heads the post.

But Clinton plans to block the confirmation until she gets a better explanation from the White House on why they weren't more forthcoming about the toxic dust in New York after the nine-eleven attacks.

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

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