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On Earth Day, Norton Puts Emphasis on the Congressional Coal-Burning Power Plant and Anacostia River Cleanup


Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) made the following statement on Earth Day.

"Today, on Earth Day, I have made three resolutions to carry out this year, as we continue to make strides in improving and cleaning up D.C.'s environment. Through my committee work, I am making the federal government a full partner in the District's work that has made the city one of the nation's greenest and most environmentally conscious U.S. cities. This city of parks and rivers has a head start with its enviable environmental gifts. Our job as residents is to protect these resources.

"I will pursue efforts that have already begun to hold the Architect of the Capitol to his overdue promise to move away from using coal to exclusive use of natural gas at the Capitol Power Plant. The necessary co-generation plant is awaiting a permit from the District. I will prioritize getting through Congress the $14.5 million in the President's fiscal year budget for D.C. Water's Clean Rivers Project to eliminate combined sewer overflows into the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and Rock Creek. And, I will increase my vigilance over the Anacostia Watershed Initiative, my bill that passed with four regional co-sponsors in 2007 and authorized the Army Corps to develop a comprehensive plan for cleaning up the Anacostia River. The comprehensive plan was announced in 2010. Now it's up to me, the Corps and the local jurisdictions to assume our shared funding responsibility to ensure implementation."

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