|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||21 Sep 1998 08:49:00|
|Subject:||NALGEP Alert on Brownfields Appropriations|
NALGEP <NALGEP@spiegelmcd.com> Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund programs (RLFs) in Jeopardy Friday, September 18, 1998 On September 17th, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and 66 of her House colleagues sent a joint bipartisan letter to the House-Senate conference committee that will reconcile the House and Senate versions of the FY 1999 VA/HUD/Independent Agencies appropriations bills urging their support for the House's version of the bill, H.R. 4194. While both the House and Senate versions of the bill support full funding of EPA's brownfields program, the Senate version of the bill, S. 2168, includes a provision which prohibits EPA from funding local revolving loan fund programs (RLFs). H.R. 4194 does not contain a prohibition on the use of the funds for RLFs. The Conference of Mayors has stated that "local government revolving loan funds are essential for leveraging private investment in what we call the 'dead zones' or brownfields, of America's communities." The VA/HUD and Independent Agencies appropriations conferees are expected to meet on Tuesday, September 22, to consider FY 1999 funding for the EPA's brownfields program. The VA/HUD/Independent Agencies appropriations conferees include: Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MO) Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA) Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) Rep. James Walsh (R-NY) Rep. David Hobson (R-OH) Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) Rep. Mark Neumann (R-WI) Rep. Roger Wicker (R-MS) Rep. Louis Stokes (D-OH) Rep. David Obey (D-WI) Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) Rep. Carrie Meek (D-FL) Rep. David Price (D-NC) For a copy of the letter, contact Nick Karamanos in Rep. DeGette's office at 202-225-4431. Founded in 1993 by a group of local officials, the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) is the premier national organization representing local government professionals responsible for environmental compliance and the development and implementation of local environmental policy. For more information, contact NALGEP at (202) 638-6254 or visit our web site at www.nalgep.org. -- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 222B View St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/968-1126 email@example.com Effective August, 1998, CPEO has adopted its own Internet domain, <cpeo.org>. All of our old E-mail addresses, such as <firstname.lastname@example.org> should continue to work.
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