Published: Sep 22, 2010 4:28 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 22, 2010 1:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - The top boss of a federal environmental agency will have to show up in a Miami federal courtroom to explain delays to clean up the Everglades.

Five months ago, U.S. District Judge Alan Gold ordered environmental officials to show up in court. The Miami Herald reports that the judge reaffirmed his order on Tuesday, rejecting a request from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide a substitute.

The EPA argued that someone else oversaw the cleanup efforts, not Administrator Lisa Jackson who was too busy to make the Oct. 7 hearing.

The judge said the EPA had not "demonstrated any showing of a matter of national importance, issue, or great significance to preclude" Jackson's attendance.

An EPA spokeswoman says they're working with the Department of Justice to respond to the order.