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People: Ruckelshaus, administrator who restored EPA after scandal, dies

December 2, 2019
Former EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus, the agency’s first administrator under President Richard Nixon who later returned to restore its reputation after scandal in the Reagan administration, died Nov. 27 at his home in Medina, WA. He was 87. Ruckelshaus served at EPA from its inception in December 1970 through April 1973, when he returned to the Justice Department. There, according to the Washington Post , he played an exemplary role in the Watergate scandal, when he defied Nixon’s order...


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