NATIONAL GOVERNORS' ASSOCIATIONOctober 21, 1999
The Honorable Trent Lott
Dear Senator Lott:
On behalf of the nation's Governor's we write in opposition to provisions contained in
Section 103 of
NGA policy is based on the premise that "[t]he problems of environmental cleanup and compliance at federal facilities are deep-rooted. Contamination and environmental degradation are the result of years of mismanagement and neglect. They reflect noncompliance with federal policies, unclear or inadequate laws and regulations, institutional attitudes that devalue environmental concerns, and the reluctance of federal agencies to work with federal and state regulators."
Section 103 removes EPA authority to set radiation standards at the proposed high-level nuclear waste storage facility and is contrary to the NGA policy recommendation that both EPA and states should have authority over radioactive wastes. It is a disturbing precedent that could lead to further dilution of state and EPA authority to set environmental standards at federal facilities and coordinate clean-up activities in all 50 states.
We urge your reconsideration of these provisions prior to full Senate action. We welcome the opportunity to work with you in developing a final bill that will result in improved environmental regulation of all federal facilities. Please do not hesitate to call us directly if we can be of assistance, of call Chris Kadas at NGA at 202/624-5349
Governor Michael O. Leavitt
Governor Parris N. Glendening
Governor Kenny C. Guinn
Governor Thomas J. Vilsack