Former EPA Head Ordered Computer Records Destroyed on Last Day in Office; Court Grants Landmark Deposition of Browner, Other EPA officials

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Landmark Legal Foundation

    HERNDON, Va., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Former EPA Administrator Carol
 Browner ordered the destruction of her computer records on the last full day
 of the Clinton Administration.  The admission was made in a hearing today
 before Federal District Judge Royce Lamberth in a lawsuit brought by the
 Landmark Legal Foundation.  On September 29, 2000, Landmark sued the EPA to
 force the disclosure of the identities of special interest groups that may
 have worked with the Agency in producing environmental regulations in the
 final days of the former administration.
     The EPA, represented by the United States Attorney's Office, revealed that
 on January 19, 2001 -- the same day Judge Lamberth issued a preliminary
 injunction at Landmark's request to preserve all responsive records -- Browner
 ordered the hard drive in her computer to be erased.  The U.S. Attorney's
 Office also reveal today that others at the EPA had their computer hard drives
 erased -- Browner's chief of staff, the Deputy EPA Administrator, and the
 Associate Deputy Administrator.
     Today Judge Lamberth granted Landmark's request to depose Browner and
 other EPA officials with knowledge about the EPA's computer records.  He
 ordered further that the government provide a full report to the Court on the
 destruction of the records by May 18, 2001.
     Mark R. Levin, Landmark President, stated, "For seven months the EPA has
 refused to make public information about the influence special interest groups
 may have exercised over the regulatory process in the last days of the Clinton
 Administration.  Now the EPA admits that some of that evidence was destroyed
 even though the Court ordered that it be preserved.  This a very serious
 matter."
     Landmark Legal Foundation is a public interest law firm founded in 1976.
 It has offices in Herndon, Virginia and Kansas City, Missouri.
 
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    HERNDON, Va., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Former EPA Administrator Carol
 Browner ordered the destruction of her computer records on the last full day
 of the Clinton Administration.  The admission was made in a hearing today
 before Federal District Judge Royce Lamberth in a lawsuit brought by the
 Landmark Legal Foundation.  On September 29, 2000, Landmark sued the EPA to
 force the disclosure of the identities of special interest groups that may
 have worked with the Agency in producing environmental regulations in the
 final days of the former administration.
     The EPA, represented by the United States Attorney's Office, revealed that
 on January 19, 2001 -- the same day Judge Lamberth issued a preliminary
 injunction at Landmark's request to preserve all responsive records -- Browner
 ordered the hard drive in her computer to be erased.  The U.S. Attorney's
 Office also reveal today that others at the EPA had their computer hard drives
 erased -- Browner's chief of staff, the Deputy EPA Administrator, and the
 Associate Deputy Administrator.
     Today Judge Lamberth granted Landmark's request to depose Browner and
 other EPA officials with knowledge about the EPA's computer records.  He
 ordered further that the government provide a full report to the Court on the
 destruction of the records by May 18, 2001.
     Mark R. Levin, Landmark President, stated, "For seven months the EPA has
 refused to make public information about the influence special interest groups
 may have exercised over the regulatory process in the last days of the Clinton
 Administration.  Now the EPA admits that some of that evidence was destroyed
 even though the Court ordered that it be preserved.  This a very serious
 matter."
     Landmark Legal Foundation is a public interest law firm founded in 1976.
 It has offices in Herndon, Virginia and Kansas City, Missouri.
 
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