Judge says EPA chief must appear in court to explain Everglades delays

Five months ago, U.S. District Judge Alan Gold ordered the top bosses of two state and federal environmental agencies to show up in his Miami courtroom to explain in person how they are going to end the ``glacial delay'' miring efforts to clean up the Everglades.

On Tuesday, he reaffirmed his order, rejecting a request from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide a substitute for Administrator Lisa Jackson, who argued that a high-ranking assistant oversaw Glades issues and that Jackson was too busy to make the Oct. 7 hearing.

``Furthermore, the demands of the administrator's schedule, including travel to Asia as part of an official government delegation beginning October 8, would create a hardship for her to prepare for and attend the hearing,'' an EPA motion filed last month read. Gold's response: See you in court, Ms. Jackson.

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