START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
 
 
This thread is archived. To reply to it you must re-activate it.
Legislative Watch, 9/22/05 (report on congressional action on the environment September 22, 2005 9:36 AM

Natural Resources Defense Council's

LEGISLATIVE WATCH

September 22, 2005

==================================
This is a status report on congressional action on the environment. The
information in this bulletin is also available on our website at
http://www.nrdc.org/legislation/legwatch.asp (the web version links to the text
of bills and congressional web pages). To take action on these and other
environmental issues, visit NRDC's Earth Action Center at
http://www.nrdc.org/action/.

(Please do not reply to this message. See the instructions below for how to
unsubscribe or contact NRDC with questions or comments.)
==================================


Congress returned from August recess to face the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina. The budget reconciliation process, which could lead to a final vote to
open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, has been
delayed until at least October.

===

Budget/Appropriations

Although House and Senate leaders had vowed to complete the budget
reconciliation process soon after Congress returned from its August recess, the
legislative calendar has been delayed by Hurricane Katrina. House and Senate
committees were expected to vote before the end of September on budget language
that would open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling, but the budget process has
been slowed indefinitely as Congress drafts spending and policy bills to deal
with the aftermath of the hurricane. Congress passed two emergency spending
measures (H.R. 3645 and H.R. 3673) totaling close to $62 billion to fund relief
efforts along the Gulf Coast, and a third emergency spending bill is expected
by mid-October. Environmentalists fear that this third bill, which could run as
high as $100 billion, could include waivers to environmental laws and
regulations, such as those proposed in a bill (S. 1711) drafted by Sen. Inhofe
(R-OK), chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, that would allow
the EPA to temporarily suspend environmental laws when responding to damage
from Hurricane Katrina. Other lawmakers have discussed legislative proposals to
exempt the construction or repair of oil refineries from Clean Air Act
provisions and to limit public review of plans to clean up hurricane-affected
areas. Some of these dangerous exemptions could find their way into unfinished
appropriations bills or the new Katrina-relief supplemental spending bill.

See NRDC's new report:
After Katrina: New Solutions for Safe Communities and a Secure Energy Future at
http://www.nrdc.org/legislation/hk/contents.asp

===

Energy

On 9/14, the House passed a bill (H.R. 889) authorizing additional personnel
and equipment for the Coast Guard to cope with Hurricane Katrina relief. The
bill contains language included by Rep. Young (R-AK), chair of the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, that would insert an additional
hurdle into the process of approving offshore wind energy projects by requiring
the head of the Coast Guard to submit a written opinion as to whether offshore
wind projects would affect ship traffic and navigation.

===

Public Health

On 9/13, the Senate narrowly rejected, 47-51, a resolution (S.J. Res. 20)
offered by Sen. Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Collins (R-ME), that would have
overturned an EPA rule announced earlier this year that will allow power plants
to emit significantly more mercury than would be allowed if the Clean Air Act
were adequately enforced.

===

For information on the environmental voting records of members of Congress, see
the League of Conservation Voters' National Environmental Scorecard at
http://www.lcv.org/scorecard/

========================
Subscription Information
========================

NRDC distributes a number of bulletins by email. To subscribe to any or all of
them, go to:
http://www.nrdcaction.org/join/subscribe.asp

If you already subscribe and want to change your subscriptions or update your
email address or other information, go to:
http://www.nrdcaction.org/profileeditor

You may also unsubscribe from Legislative Watch by sending an email message to
legwatch@nrdcaction.org with REMOVE in the subject line.

==========
About NRDC
==========

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a nonprofit environmental organization
with more than one million members and online activists, and a staff of
scientists, attorneys and environmental experts. Our mission is to protect the
planet's wildlife and wild places and ensure a safe and healthy environment for
all living things.

For more information about NRDC or how to become a member of NRDC,
please contact us at:

Natural Resources Defense Council
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-727-4511 (voice) / 212-727-1773 (fax)
Email: nrdcinfo@nrdc.org
http://www.nrdc.org

Also visit:
BioGems -- Saving Endangered Wild  [ send green star]
 
 September 22, 2005 9:37 AM

Also visit:
BioGems -- Saving Endangered Wild Places
A project of the Natural Resources Defense Council
http://www.savebiogems.org
 [ send green star]
 
  New Topic              Back To Topics Read Code of Conduct

 

This group:
Global-Care-Network (circle of friends )
54 Members

View All Topics
New Topic

Track Topic
Mail Preferences