|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||21 Sep 1998 08:49:00|
|Subject:||Jeffords Letter on Brownfields Appropriations|
At least nine Senators have signed a letter - apparently initiated by Sen. Jim Jeffords (R-Vermont) - encouraging their colleagues to approve language, in Conference and beyond, providing full funding and flexibility in the implementation of Brownfields activity at both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). September 19, 1998 Christopher S. Bond, Chairman Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Committee on Appropriations 130 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510-6032 Dear Chairman Bond: We are pleased that the Senate VA-HUD Appropriations bill seeks to strengthen an independent brownfields program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development. As you know, HUD has a critical role to play in fostering brownfields reuse. Specifically, we encourage you to maintain the Senate language providing $25 million for brownfields that is not earmarked with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. However, we also hope you will extend language in last year's VA-HUD Appropriations bill that made brownfields a CDBG-eligible activity, allowing state and communities the flexibility to use their allocated CDBG funds for brownfields purposes. We understand that the House VA-HUD Appropriations bill, like the Senate bill, contains full funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's brownfields program and that it allows for flexibility to complete the important tasks of research, technical assistance, and job training. We urge you to maintain that funding and flexibility during conference negotiations. The brownfields programs at HUD and EPA address important economic development and environmental challenges facing this nation's communities. We appreciate your efforts in ensuring that these programs remain flexible and adequately funded. Sincerely, Jim Jeffords Jack Reed Daniel P. Moynihan John Glenn Carl Levin Patrick Leahy Chris Dodd Ted Kennedy Paul Wellstone -- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Effective August, 1998, CPEO has adopted its own Internet domain, <cpeo.org>. All of our old E-mail addresses, such as <email@example.com> should continue to work.
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