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Leavitt Reportedly Not Interested in EPA Job

Leavitt Reportedly Not Interested in EPA Job

Posted - Jun. 19, 2003 at 7:59 a.m.



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(KSL TV/AP) Idaho governor Dirk Kempthorne may be under consideration to head the Environmental Protection Agency -- and our own Governor Leavitt reportedly said he's not interested in the job.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Leavitt met with White House officials last week before declining to be considered for the post.

Leavitt reportedly told those at the White House that he was still considering running for a fourth term as governor.

The EPA's top position opened last month when former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman resigned from the post.

Kempthorne met with White House officials on June eleventh, but has told reporters the session was only to discuss his views on what governors would like to see from the E-P-A.

Several White House sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, dismissed reports that Kempthorne's selection was a done deal, insisting that senior advisers had not decided on a candidate to recommend to the president.

Others in the mix to replace Christie Whitman are Tom Skinner, administrator of agency Midwest region, and Linda Fisher, Whitman's deputy.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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