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Bush nominates career scientist as head of EPA

President Bush nominated a career scientist as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday.

Stephen L. Johnson has worked for the EPA for 24 years. His expertise is in the biology and pathology, which led to his work in the regulation of pesticides and toxic substances.

Johnson's nomination was praised by environmental groups, industry leaders and senators. Once confirmed, he will take up the battle over the Bush administration's "Clear Skies" controversial initiative to reduce pollution that critics say is biased towards the industry.

Get the Story:
Scientist Named To Head The EPA (The Washington Post 3/5)
E.P.A. Scientist Is Bush's Pick as New Chief (The New York Times 3/5)

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