TESTIMONY OF WALTER SMITH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DC APPLESEED CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE
COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
John A. Wilson Building Room 412 – April 28, 2017
Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Oversight Hearing on the Department of Energy and Environment
Good morning Chair Cheh and other members of the Committee. I am Walter Smith, Executive Director at the DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. DC Appleseed is a nonprofit public interest organization that addresses important issues facing residents of the National Capital Area. Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). We are concerned specifically about the proposal to provide no capital funding next year for cleaning up the toxic sediment in the Anacostia River—for the first time since DOEE’s clean-up project began.
DC Appleseed has long been involved in efforts to restore the Anacostia. We have been a strong supporter of the strategy the District initiated several years ago to ensure that those responsible for the toxic sediment—primarily the federal government—come to the table and ultimately pay to clean up one of the city’s most valuable natural assets. I am testifying today to explain why it is so important for the District to continue its support for this commitment, and to urge the Council to restore the $5 million—at least—in capital funds that that had previously been planned for
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