Former EPA toxic official snubs a House panel

Rita Lavelle, former chief of the Environmental Protection Agency's toxic waste enforcement, disobeyed a House subcommittee subpoena to testify. The panel voted to charge her with contempt of Congress. The House energy and commerce subcommittee had summoned her to ask about possible conflicts of interest in her supervision of the EPA's hazardous-waste cleanup program, known as ''Superfund.''

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