Thursday, July 27, 2006


Kennedy Library Chief to Head Welfare Group

The director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is leaving her post to take over a prominent District-based foundation that assists the poor.

The Public Welfare Foundation plans to announce today that Deborah Leff will become president of the U Street organization. Founded in 1947 by newspaper publisher Charles Marsh, Public Welfare awards grants to organizations around the world that help poor communities.

Before taking over the Kennedy library in 2001, Leff headed America's Second Harvest, a domestic hunger relief organization. She is a former senior producer at ABC News' "Nightline" and was a lawyer in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.

Thomas Scanlon, Public Welfare's board chairman, said in a statement that Leff "has demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice" and "epitomizes what our foundation is all about."

-- Paul Schwartzman


WASA Appeals Stricter Pollution Measures

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has appealed a federal court's decision to reject the Environmental Protection Agency's annual and seasonal pollution limits for the Anacostia River, arguing that more-frequent monitoring would impose a significant financial burden and undermine efforts to reduce contamination, authority officials said yesterday.

The authority asked the Supreme Court to review the April 25 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which said that the Clean Water Act requires the EPA to impose daily pollution limits, not long-term averages. Environmental groups praised the ruling.

Millions of gallons of raw sewage and other pollution flow into the Anacostia each year through runoff and overflow from the city's aging system of combined storm and sanitary sewers. The sewer agency is implementing a $2.1 billion, 20-year plan to reduce the sewer overflow.

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