What: All Issues : Environment : Renewable Energy : (H.R.2729) On passage of the bill authorizing the designation of national environmental research parks by the Secretary of Energy (2009 house Roll Call 597)
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(H.R.2729) On passage of the bill authorizing the designation of national environmental research parks by the Secretary of Energy
house Roll Call 597     Jul 21, 2009
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

On a motion to suspend the House rules and pass H.R.2729, which authorizes the Secretary of Energy to designate national environmental research parks. The bill specifically authorized the designation of six existing locations in various parts of the country. The purpose of the parks is to provide facilities for scientific research on a range of subjects, including plant development, biomass energy production, environmental behavior, revegetation of lands, and the effects of increased temperature on fresh water ecosystems. The parks were also intended to provide facilities to educate the public on environmental sciences.

Rep. Lujan (D-NM), a member of the House Science and Technology Committee which developed H.R 2729, was leading the effort on behalf of the bill. He said that the measure “was developed through a collaborative process that took into account comments and concerns from each of the sites, as well as helpful input and amendments from both minority and majority Members. I'm happy to present a bill with bipartisan co-sponsorship.” Rep. Hall (R-TX), the Ranking Republican on the Science and Technology Committee supported the bill.

Rep. Hastings (R-WA) expressed concerns about the impact of the legislation on the Hanford, Washington weapons facility, which is in his district. That facility produced nuclear weapons and was undergoing what Hastings referred to as “the largest and most complex nuclear waste cleanup effort in the world.” He said:”(A)t a time when decisions about future uses of lands on the Hanford site have yet to be made, it is critical that this Congress and the federal government maintain flexibility in order to keep all options on the table--and not enact legislation that could complicate or prohibit future activities . . . .” He added that he had “very serious concerns about rushing through permanent decisions on Hanford lands via legislation . . . with zero input from either the (Hanford) community or their Representative . . . .”

The legislation passed by a vote of 330-96. Two hundred and fifty Democrats and eighty Republicans voted “aye”. Ninety-five Republicans and one Democrat voted “nay”. As a result, the House passed and sent on to the Senate the bill authorizing the Secretary of Energy to designate national environmental research parks.

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