|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 15 May 1995 22:36:36 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||HWAC ER FUNDING PRINCIPLES|
HWAC ISSUES STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES The Hazardous Waste Action Coalition, which represents cleanup consultants and contractors throughout the U.S., has developed a statement of Principles regarding Environmental Restoration Funding. The Coalition has an obvious interest in seeing that federal cleanup dollars continue to flow, but until recently they have not taken part in the budget debate. HWAC can be reached at 1015 Fifteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. The following is the May 12, 1995 version of the Principles. 1. The Federal Government's stewardship responsibility for federal facilities cannot be ignored. The Government's mission-driven operations in support of national defense led to environmental contamination at federal facilities. Contamination at these facilities must be addressed to resolve public health and safety concerns for the present generation and to leave a better legacy for future generations. 2. Military readiness remains a critical priority today. However, deferring environmental restoration activities at active or closing bases and nuclear weapons development facilities today will hurt military readiness and modernization tomorrow by increasing the cost of cleanup later. Closing military bases must be restored for economically viable use by local communities and to avoid increased costs later which could hinder DOD's modernization efforts. 3. Scarce funding makes it incumbent upon Congress to responsible and consistently allocate those resources to critical priorities. Public health and safety, among the highest of our critical priorities, and corresponding remediation of hazardous waste threats on and near federal installations and facilities requires stable funding over time. 4. While public health and safety threats must be addressed, permanent solutions to the most technologically complex and costly challenges in environmental restoration can be deferred until technological advances allow such threats to be addressed more cost- effectively. Responsibly committing scarce resources based on risk assessment and future land use to environmental restoration problems that we can cost-effectively solve today will demonstrate both accountability and progress to the American taxpayer. 5. Cost savings and performance improvements in environmental restoration activities, including those associated with contract reform, acquisition streamlining, risk assessment, and program restructuring, depend upon careful management and effective teamwork in reshaping federal environmental programs. Partnership among the Congress, states, federal agencies, affected communities, scientific and engineering professionals, and others engaged in environmental restoration activities is essential to bringing cost and performance into balance. Industry involvement in the reinvention process will assure that appropriate scientific, engineering and construction expertise critical to environmental restoration remains available to meet the requirements of still evolving environmental challenges both now and in future generations. 6. As Congress considers cuts in federal spending for environmental restoration programs, some federal agencies will translate those reductions into cuts in actual remediation activities rather than reducing the local federal administrative workforce. The result would reduce the federal workforce less that intended with a lower return on the taxpayer's investment in environmental restoration. Reducing the Federal Government's funding levels should be accompanied by commensurate reductions in the federal workforce.
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