EPA Head Questioned On New Docs Showing Dissent On Waiver Call

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he doesn't think agency morale has suffered from his decision to deny California a waiver needed to implement a tailpipe emissions reduction law.

EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson testified to a U.S. Senate committee a day after documents emerged showing that top career employees believed Johnson should grant the California waiver - or consider resigning.

Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey asked Johnson
whether, in light of those documents, Johnson believed agency morale was suffering.

Johnson said no - adding that EPA has been rated among the top federal agencies to work for.


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