|Date:||Tue, 23 May 2000 10:23:24 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] STATES FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHT TO FINE DEFENSE POLLUTERS|
AmeriScan: May 22, 2000 * * * STATES FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHT TO FINE DEFENSE POLLUTERS WASHINGTON, DC, May 22, 2000 (ENS) - Allowing Congress to disapprove large environmental penalties levied by states against the Department of Defense is not a good idea in the view of the states' attorneys general. A proposal to limit Defense Department exposure to lawsuits appears in a 2001 Defense Department authorization bill. It would weaken the states' ability to assess environmental fines and penalties at military installations, the attorneys general say. In a letter to ranking members of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Friday, Christine Gregoire, attorney general of Washington and president of National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), joined Colorado attorney general Ken Salazar, co-chair of NAAG's environment committee, and legislative and gubernatorial representatives in opposing the measure. The letter was delivered to U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican who chairs the Appropriations Committee and Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, the committee's ranking minority member. Under the proposal, money appropriated in the bill could not be used to pay fines or penalties in excess of $1.5 million for violations of environmental laws at military installations unless such payments were first authorized by Congress. "Such a proposal has the effect of interjecting the legislature into what should be an independent system of law enforcement operated by the states and other environmental regulators," the letter from the state leaders said. "This approach to environmental regulation undermines the ability of states to use the threat of penalties as a means of forcing federal facilities to take responsibility for the environmental consequences of their operations." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can find archived listserve messages on the CPEO website at http://www.cpeo.org/lists/index.html. If this email has been forwarded to you and you'd like to subscribe, please send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org ___________________________________________________________ T O P I C A The Email You Want. http://www.topica.com/t/16 Newsletters, Tips and Discussions on Your Favorite Topics
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