Investigators Say Whitman Had No Conflicts of Interest

Date: July 18, 2002

Source: News Room

Independent federal investigators concluded there is no basis for an ombudsman's claims that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman had a conflict of interest in three large-scale cleanups, including the World Trade Center. Investigators from the EPA and the Justice Department spent seven months looking into claims by former EPA ombudsman Robert Martin that Whitman had a personal financial interest influencing decisions at the cleanup in New York and two Superfund toxic waste sites, Shattuck Chemical Co. in Denver and Marjol Battery and Equipment Co. in Throop, Pa. Martin had alleged that Whitman crafted deals that benefited Citigroup, which had a financial interest in the cleanup projects. Whitman's husband, John, worked for Citigroup and had stock holdings in the company.

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