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IS CONGRESS ALREADY ROLLING BACK ENVIRONMENTAL REGS?
The 115th Congress was just sworn in last Tuesday, but the House has already approved two major anti-regulatory bills and is set to introduce a similar bill next week. The author of the bills is House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who was behind the failed attempt to gut the Congressional Ethics Office earlier this week. The Regulatory Accountability Act, along with the two bills that have already passed, is being seen as some as a pro-industry effort to destroy, under the guise of "reform," the federal government's system of setting environmental and other standards because the measure would effectively rewrite historic environmental laws, including the Toxic Substances Control Act, that Congress updated last year on a bipartisan basis, so that pollutants and toxins would no longer be regulated solely on the basis of the problems they cause to human health. We will keep everyone posted on the status of this legislation and similar bills as things develop.
CONGRESSIONAL HELP NEEDED SO BEACH COMMUNITIES CAN BUY SAND FROM FORIEGN COUNTRIES
When the California Coastal Coalition was formed in 1998, our members' primary goal was to repair the damage that the '96/'97 El Nino did to coastal beaches, particularly in Southern California. The problem? There was no state fund to pay for such projects and/or to leverage federal funds for same. We were fortunate, with co-sponsor, CSBPA, to pass the California Public Beach Restoration Act (AB 64,1999), which created state funding for beach restoration projects. In the beach restoration world, California was well behind states on the East Coast, especially Florida, so it's informative to monitor what's happening in the Sunshine State. There is currently an effort in South Florida to lessen the cost of beach restoration projects by using sand from the Bahamas, but the region will need help from the federal government to do a pilot project with foreign sand because current law prohibits the use of foreign sediment and, reportedly, trucking and dredging lobbies are opposed to lifting the ban, even though studies show that using foreign sand is the most cost-effective way to renourish South Florida's beaches. The comparison? $50 per cubic yard versus roughly half that amount. Folks are calling on Sens. Nelson and Rubio to lead the fight on this and we'll keep everyone posted on this issue.