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EPW COMMITTEE TO HOLD FIELD HEARING IN LOUISIANA
February 23, 2007

Posted by Matthew_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (5:15pm ET)

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 www.epw.senate.gov.) 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 www.epw.senate.gov
 
 
 WITNESS LIST
 
 
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
Secretary
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
 
Reverend Vien The Nguyen
Mary Queen of Vietnam Church
 
Wilma Subra
Subra Company
 
 
Panel III: 
 
Sidney Coffee
Chair
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
Mayor
Lake Charles, Louisiana
 
Thomas Jackson
President
Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East
 
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