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JULY 8, 2004
 11:04 AM
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Barry E. Piatt, 202-224-1191
Advisory: Senate Democratics To Hold Mercury Hearing

WASHINGTON - July 8 - The U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) will conduct an oversight hearing Friday, July 9 on the Bush Administration's mercury emissions proposal. The hearing will begin at 10:00 AM and will be held in Room 562 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

The hearing will examine how the Bush Administration developed the proposal, despite Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) documents that raised serious questions about the effectiveness of the proposed rule. It will also hear testimony on the significant health risks posed by mercury to the public, especially pregnant women and children.

Witnesses will include state and local government officials, former EPA officials, business groups and representatives of the sport fishing community.

Details follow:

WHO: Jim Jeffords (I-VT ) who will chair the hearing; Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT)), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Mark Dayton (D-MN), and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)


Bradley Campbell, Commissioner of Environmental Protection for the State of New Jersey; Lynn Goldman, Professor at the School of Public Health at John Hopkins University and the former Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances at the EPA; John Paul, Supervisor of the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency in Dayton, Ohio, and a member of the EPA's Clean Air Advisory Committee; David Foerter, Executive Director for the Institute for Clean Air Companies; and Scott Sparlin, President of the New Ulm Area Sportfishermen in Minnesota.

WHAT: DPC oversight hearing on the Bush Administration's proposal on Mercury Emissions.

WHEN: 10:00 AM, Friday, July 9, 2004

WHERE: Room 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building; U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.

WHY: To examine the public health risks posed by mercury and the Bush Administration's proposal for controlling mercury emissions.


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