Getting Stuck With The Check

Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell used to be a prosecutor. But two years ago, he was so angry he almost became a lawbreaker. Washington wanted him to pay for a new $500 million wastewater-treatment plant to protect fish in the Delaware River. But Rendell argued that the existing plant was just fine--and pointed out that the fish weren't dying. "I told them, 'I'm simply not going to do it, and you can put me in jail before I go along,'" Rendell recalls. The feds are reexamining their position.

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