STATEMENT OF SENATOR MAX BAUCUS
NOMINATION HEARING FOR TERRY BRACY, BOARD OF TRUSTEES, MORRIS K. UDALL FOUNDATION

AND FOR DR. NORINE NOONAN
AS ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
SEPTEMBER 10, 1998

Mr. Chairman, I would like to join you in welcoming Mr. Bracy this morning. Being nominated to serve a second term on the Udall Foundation Board demonstrates Mr. Bracy's commitment to the foundation, and, I presume, his admiration and respect for his former boss and our former colleague, Mo Udall. As the great champion for so many environmental issues, it is only fitting that the Foundation continue its work with the help of one of Mo's trusted aides.

The Foundation was established to educate a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect our national heritage. Based on the successful performance of the Foundation, last year this Committee passed a bill creating the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution within the Foundation to help resolve environmental conflicts when the federal government is a participant in the conflict.

I look forward to hearing your testimony and your assessment of the work of the Foundation to date.


Mr. Chairman, I would like to join you in welcoming Dr. Noonan today, the President's nominee to be the Assistant Administrator at EPA for Research and Development. Dr. Noonan has a very impressive resume, ranging assistant Professor of Veterinary Medicine to a Budget Analyst for Science and Space Programs at O.M.B. I am anxious to hear how one goes from veterinary medicine to space. Your experiences certainly give you a broad base of knowledge which I view as critical in assuming the position for which you have been nominated.

EPA is responsible for making so many decisions based on science, or what is now being referred to as "peer-reviewed, sound science", which makes your job a critical one. Determining the agencies research priorities for drinking water, air, hazardous wastes while complying with the law will be a challenge.

I am anxious to hear your testimony and your ideas on how you will set the research priorities for the EPA.