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FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR 112TH CONGRESS (2011-2012)

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA ITEMS

Invest in Clean Water Infrastructure

Sewage pollution threatens public health from exposure to pathogens, closes beaches, degrades water quality, and consumes valuable oxygen necessary for healthy fisheries. CCE supports Congress fully funding the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and dedicating funding for sustainable green infrastructure.
CCE's memo in support of fully funding Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds

Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship

Residents of New York and Connecticut depend on the Sound for recreational opportunities, including fishing, sailing, and swimming, and it contributes $8.25 billion annually to the regional economy. CCE supports reauthorizing both the Long Island Sound Restoration Act and the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act to continue effective project implementation to improve the Long Island Sound ecosystem.
CCE’s memo of support for reauthorization of the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Acts

No Subsidies for Nuclear or Fossil Fuel Power

CCE opposes dispensing taxpayer dollars that saddle our economy to fossil fuels and nuclear power, which does not advance our nation’s sustainable energy future.
CCE’s memo in opposition to taxpayer subsidies for nuclear power and fossil fuel energy infrastructure

Restore and Protect our Great Lakes

The Great Lakes ecosystem is a natural wonder of the world, holding one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply. The Great Lakes supply millions of New Yorkers with their drinking water, provide habitat for wildlife, and support billion dollar industries such as tourism and fishing.
CCE’s memo of support for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding

The TRAIN Act (HR. 2401 - Sullivan)
The TRAIN Act would continue allowing known air pollutants to be spewed into our nation’s communities, negatively impacting public health and jeopardizing our nation’s environment.

Extending the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for Wind Power
Harnessing the power of wind gives America the opportunity to generate clean, emission-free, domestic energy while reducing dependence on fossil fuels and creating local jobs. Wind energy technology has advanced quickly, and the wind industry has grown substantially over the last two decades due in large part to the Production Tax Credit (PTC). The PTC is set to expire at the end of 2012. The PTC must be extended for at least four years to drive investment in clean, renewable wind energy.
CCE's memo in support of extending the PTC

Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2011 (S.1701 – Snow)
Algal blooms and hypoxia negatively impact marine life, water quality, and human health. This act will enable a task force to research, monitor, and control algae blooms and hypoxic events, which have been occurring with increased frequency throughout the country.
CCE's memo in support of the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2011

Creating National Pharmaceutical Stewardship (HR. 2939 – Slaughter)
Across the nation, groundwater, rivers, estuaries, and bays are testing positive for trace amounts of pharmaceuticals. An estimated 41 million Americans drink from a source containing pharmaceutical contamination. CCE supports reducing pharmaceutical contamination and providing accessible and convenient collection spots to take back unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals.
CCE's memo in support of national pharmaceutical stewardship

Destroying the Clean Water Act (S. 2122 – Paul)
This bill will strip the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its ability to regulate waters of the US, and would reverse the last 40 years of water quality protections. CCE opposes S. 2122 because it will diminish the EPA's ability to protect and ensure clean water for all Americans.
CCE's memo in opposition to S. 2122

Updated by bsmith 5/15/12