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January 25, 2008 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Shortly before Stephen L. Johnson was sworn in by President Bush as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, he gave the president a towel symbolizing a New Testament passage in which Jesus washes his disciples' feet. The towel, given to graduates of Johnson's alma mater, a small evangelical college, symbolizes a life of Christian service. Like the president, Johnson is a deeply religious man who says he relies on his faith in his work.
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OPINION
March 19, 2008
Re "Ozone alert," editorial, March 17 Readers of The Times may have wondered if they were reading the views of the editorial board or the talking points of an environmental lobbyist. After all, both consider the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's creation of the most stringent eight-hour standard for ozone in our nation's history an outrage only because it occurred during President Bush's term. The fact is I strengthened the ozone standard as required by the Clean Air Act and as supported by the full breadth of the most recent scientific evidence.
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OPINION
March 19, 2008
Re "Ozone alert," editorial, March 17 Readers of The Times may have wondered if they were reading the views of the editorial board or the talking points of an environmental lobbyist. After all, both consider the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's creation of the most stringent eight-hour standard for ozone in our nation's history an outrage only because it occurred during President Bush's term. The fact is I strengthened the ozone standard as required by the Clean Air Act and as supported by the full breadth of the most recent scientific evidence.
NATIONAL
January 25, 2008 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Shortly before Stephen L. Johnson was sworn in by President Bush as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, he gave the president a towel symbolizing a New Testament passage in which Jesus washes his disciples' feet. The towel, given to graduates of Johnson's alma mater, a small evangelical college, symbolizes a life of Christian service. Like the president, Johnson is a deeply religious man who says he relies on his faith in his work.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2005 | Warren Vieth and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writers
Senate Democrats threatened Wednesday to block the confirmations of President Bush's nominees to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said they were placing parliamentary holds on the confirmation of Stephen L.
NATIONAL
June 9, 2005 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson predicted Wednesday that safeguarding the country's water supply -- from terrorists and pollutants -- would be one of the pressing environmental concerns of the 21st century. "I believe water, over the next decade and further, will be the environmental issue that we as a nation and, frankly, as a world will be facing," he said. Keeping the nation's water safe and secure is "an area of vulnerability for the United States and also an opportunity for us."
NATIONAL
March 5, 2005 | James Gerstenzang and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writers
President Bush reached into the ranks of the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday and nominated its acting administrator, Stephen L. Johnson, to head the office where he has worked for 24 years. Johnson, 53, a biologist and pathologist, would be the first scientist and first career EPA employee to head the agency, which was established in 1970 as the environmental movement took hold across the U.S.
NATIONAL
July 9, 2008 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Vice President Dick Cheney's office worked to alter sworn congressional testimony provided by a federal official in order to play down the threat of global warming and head off regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, a former government official said in a new accusation Tuesday. Jason K.
NATIONAL
April 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A lone senator moved to block President Bush's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the White House and the EPA of stonewalling his requests for data from the agency on air pollution. Utilizing a power enjoyed by all senators, Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) put a temporary hold on the nomination of Stephen L. Johnson, the EPA's acting chief, to serve as the agency's next administrator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2008 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
Congressional critics launched an offensive against the Bush administration Thursday for denying California and other states the right to adopt strict curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said she would consider issuing a subpoena for documents that might show White House interference in the Dec. 19 decision to deny California a waiver to enact its own rules under the Clean Air Act.
NATIONAL
June 9, 2005 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson predicted Wednesday that safeguarding the country's water supply -- from terrorists and pollutants -- would be one of the pressing environmental concerns of the 21st century. "I believe water, over the next decade and further, will be the environmental issue that we as a nation and, frankly, as a world will be facing," he said. Keeping the nation's water safe and secure is "an area of vulnerability for the United States and also an opportunity for us."
NATIONAL
April 7, 2005 | Warren Vieth and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writers
Senate Democrats threatened Wednesday to block the confirmations of President Bush's nominees to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said they were placing parliamentary holds on the confirmation of Stephen L.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2005 | James Gerstenzang and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writers
President Bush reached into the ranks of the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday and nominated its acting administrator, Stephen L. Johnson, to head the office where he has worked for 24 years. Johnson, 53, a biologist and pathologist, would be the first scientist and first career EPA employee to head the agency, which was established in 1970 as the environmental movement took hold across the U.S.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
Stephen L. Johnson, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said he planned to propose new regulations for testing vehicle fuel economy by the end of this year and wanted the tests in place by the 2008 model year. The update would be the first major change to the EPA's fuel economy tests since 1985. The EPA tests vehicles to get the estimated city and highway fuel economy that is displayed on window stickers.
OPINION
December 27, 2007
Re "EPA chief is said to have ignored staff," Dec. 21 It was disappointing to read that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen L. Johnson overruled his senior staff in rejecting California's request to act proactively on greenhouse gases. The EPA will almost certainly lose in court, because the request from California meets all precedents for a waiver under the Clean Air Act. This purely political move by Johnson is no more than bureaucratic foot-dragging.
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