STATEMENT BY THE HONORABLE ROD GRAMS
BEFORE THE U.S. SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
March 18, 1997

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. In the interests of time, I will make my statement very brief.

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee. I come before you today not just to commend the Committee for focusing its attention on this very important issue, but also to introduce a friend and colleague who has worked tirelessly on the flow control issue both nationally and in Minnesota.

As chairman of the board of commissioners in Hennepin County, Minnesota and the future president of the National Association of Counties, Randy Johnson has devoted many years of his service to addressing this important issue.

Randy's additional service as Chairman of the Environmental Task Force for Urban Consortium helps make him a national authority on environmental public policy.

Hennepin County, which includes the city of Minneapolis and its suburbs, has the responsibility to manage a comprehensive recycling and integrated solid waste management program. I'm positive that Randy's service in Hennepin County will be of considerable benefit as the Committee deliberates the issue of solid waste management.

Once again, Mr. Chairman, thank you for your efforts to address this important issue.