EPA Chief Browner came from Environmentalist Background.

Don Staples dstaples at livingston.net
Wed Jun 7 22:33:17 EST 2000

A follow up:  An Arkansas friend commented that Browner is the sister of the
last Arkansas governor who is now residing in the federal jail.  Could this
possibly be a family pay off by BJ Clinton?

"D. Staples" wrote:

> June 2000
> EPA Chief Browner came from Environmentalist Background with Nader
> organization,
> brings former colleagues into agency which controls water
> By JAMES RONALD SKAINS (Published in The Piney Woods Journal, Volume 4,
> number 1)
> The 45 year old Carol. M. Browner was appointed Administrator of the
> Federal EPA that has
> over 20,000 employees and an annual budget of $7 billion, upon the
> special request of Vice
> President Al Gore.
> Browner, a native of Miami, Florida, received a law degree from the
> University of Florida before
> going to work for the Ralph Nader founded nationwide consumer and
> environmental lobbying
> group, Citizen Action.  It was while employed at Citizen Action that she
> met her husband,
> Michael Podhorzer.
> Still married and living together in Washington, DC, Michael Podhorzer
> works for the Citizen
> Fund 501(c)(3) division of the Citizen Action group.  Citizen Fund has
> an annual budget of over
> $4 million for its lobbying efforts.
> The Citizen Action arm of the large lobbying group claims over 3 million
> members nationwide
> with affiliates and chapters in 30 states, making it the largest
> environmental lobbying group of its
> kind.  Both the Citizen Action and the Citizen Fund receive large grants
> each year from the
> Chicago based Joyce Foundation.
> Many Piney Woods Journal readers will connect the “Joyce" name with the
> old Tremont Lumber
> Company once  located near Winnfield.  The "Joyce Foundation" was
> established after the sale of
> the Joyce, Louisiana based Tremont Lumber Company to Crown Zellerbach in
> the mid-1970's.
> The Joyce Foundation is a member of the Environmental Grantmakers
> Association and was
> endowed by heiress Beatrice Joyce Kean, who died in 1971. The Joyce
> Foundation funds the
> Environmental Defense Fund, The Tides Foundation Environmental Working
> Group, and the
> Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, among others.
> In her early days, Carol Browner served as a staffer in the Florida
> House of Representatives, then
> a legislative assistant to Lawton Chiles, and later as Secretary of the
> Florida Department of
> Environmental Regulations..
> Carol Browner also served as Transition Director for Vice President   Al
> Gore in 1992 before
> becoming EPA Administrator.  Browner has put together an impressive
> management team at Fed
> EPA that reads like a "pseudo environmentalist" Alumni association.
> Kathleen Aierno, formerly with the Clean Water Action Group, is Deputy
> Assistant
> Administrator, EPA Office of Administration and Resource Management.
> David Doniger,
> formerly with the Natural Resources Defense Council, is now Senior
> Counsel to EPA and
> Assistant secretary for Air and Radiation.
> J. Charles Fox, who sat next to Buck Vandersteen in a Washington, DC.
> meeting in April to
> discuss the new proposed EPA Regs, was formerly with the Friends of the
> Earth Group.
> Currently Fox is a special assistant to EPA Administrator Browner.
> David M. Gardiner of the Sierra Club is now Assistant EPA Administrator
> for Policy Planning and
> Evaluation. Jean Nelson, EPA General Counsel was formerly with the
> Natural Resources Defense
> Council.
> Mary D. Nichols, before becoming Associate EPA Administrator for Air and
> Radiation, was with
> both the Tennessee Environmental Action Fund and the Southern
> Environmental Law Center.  D.
> Reid Wilson, another Sierra Club Political Action Committee member, is
> now Director of Public
> Liaison Division, EPA Office of Communications, Education and Public
> Affairs.
> These are but a few of the top echelon of current EPA officials who were
> recruited from
> "environmental groups" to fill sensitive positions with the EPA under
> Browner's reign.  The new
> EPA regs are also known as the "rainwater regs" as they allow the Fed
> EPA to design plans to
> control the rainfall that falls on private property.
> In particular, the new EPA Regs proposed by Browner change the status of
> forestry and
> agriculture from "non point" sources of pollution under the Clean Water
> Act to "point" source
> which is the same category as discharged water from manufacturing
> operations.
> The new “rainwater regs" pushed by Browner that would require harvesting
> permits, the
> construction of catch basins and sediment ponds on forest land are set
> to go into effect at the end
> of June without Congressional approval.  Browner’s EPA argues with the
> backing of the
> Clinton/Gore Administration that congressional action is not necessary
> to make the new EPA regs
> Federal Law.
> The Federal EPA is unlike many Federal agencies in that its regulations
> have the force of law.
> Also, the agency can not only jail people but it can close factories and
> industry operations and it
> can override the judgments of local authorities.  The Fed EPA makes
> millions of dollars in grants
> each year to numerous environmental groups and funds numerous
> “scientific studies” to
> substantiate their regulatory actions.
> Other advisors and policy makers in the current Clinton/Gore
> Administration with direct ties to
> environmental groups include George Frampton, former Wilderness Society
> president, now
> director of the council on Environmental Quality.  Also, included on the
> list of advisors are Arlie
> Schardt, president of the Environmental Media services and Eileen
> Claussen.
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