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The Nation : Lavelle to Be Freed Today

September 04, 1985

Rita M. Lavelle, former director of the Environmental Protection Agency's toxic waste Superfund, will be released from federal prison in Pleasanton, Calif., this morning. Lavelle, 37, is being freed after serving five months of a six-month sentence for lying to Congress in 1983 about conflicts of interest in her management of the EPA's program to clean up hazardous chemical waste dumps. Lavelle was the only official prosecuted in a scandal two years ago in which 22 EPA officials quit or were fired.

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