WATCHING WASHINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES TAKE CENTER STAGE

With Patrick Crow These are heady days for environmentalists in Washington, now that a "greener" Clinton administration is in office. The Senate government affairs committee has reported out a bill to raise the Environmental Protection Agency to cabinet status. The proposed Department of the Environment would be the 15th cabinet department. The House of Representatives has begun hearings on a similar bill. Although EPA is a quasicabinet agency now, proponents say the change would increase its

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