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EPA official disputes accusations agency
rolled back environmental safeguards

Updated: February 8, 2007, 2:53 PM ET
By Erica Werner | Associated Press — Feb. 8, 2007

WASHINGTON — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency faced down hostile critics Tuesday in his first committee appearance before the Democratic-led Congress, denying accusations that agency decisions last year rolled back environmental safeguards.

``These decisions and actions all accelerate the pace of environmental protection. They all deliver environmental results,'' EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

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