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February 23, 2007

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Third EPW Field Hearing In New Orleans In Three Years
To Review Strategies To Protect Louisiana Communities
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will conduct a field hearing at 10:00 a.m. (CST) on Monday, February 26, 2007, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to receive testimony on moving forward after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, with a focus on debris waste management, coastal wetlands restoration and hurricane and storm damage reduction. Senator Vitter (R-LA), member of the EPW Committee and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery, worked closely with EPW Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) to put the latest field hearing together. The EPW Committee has conducted a series of oversight hearings since the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita (for more information visit In addition, the EPW Committee previously conducted a field hearing in New Orleans on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 to examine the Ongoing Rebuilding and Restoration Efforts of Hurricane and Flood Protection by the Army Corps of Engineers and a field hearing in New Orleans on Friday, August 26, 2005 to Examine Coastal Erosion Causes, Effects and Solutions in Louisiana.
WHO:              U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
WHAT:            Field Hearing
WHERE:          Louisiana Supreme Court building (400 Royal St. New Orleans, La.)
WHEN:            10:00 a.m. CST, Monday, February 26
***NOTE: Audio of the EPW Hearing will be available on the EPW Committee website
Panel I: 
John Paul Woodley
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
Major General Don T. Riley
Director of Civil Works
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Richard Greene
Regional Administrator, Region 6
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Panel II: 
Mike McDaniel
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Reverend Vien The Nguyen
Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
Wilma Subra
Subra Company
Panel III: 
Sidney Coffee
Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Dr. Robert Twilley
Director and Wetland Biogeochemistry Professor
Department of Oceanography and Coastal Science
Louisiana State University
Randy Roach
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Thomas Jackson
Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East



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