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December 18, 1985

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lee M. Thomas said the agency is hamstrung by "deadline gridlock"--a profusion of cleanup deadlines set by courts and Congress that cannot all be met. Thomas, speaking to an industry-labor group in Washington, said his agency faces so many deadlines that EPA officials working with limited resources have been forced to pick what schedules they will try to satisfy. Thomas said: "You can't meet all the deadlines," but he did not specify what deadlines EPA would not meet.

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