Cadmus Group exec getting plenty of newsprint

Cadmus Group Inc. vice president G. Tracy Mehan III, former assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who joined the company in April 2004, has been writing a lot of late on related issues. Recent articles he's penned have appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Denver's Rocky Mountain News and Underground Infrastructure Management magazine...

ARLINGTON, VA, Nov. 7, 2005 -- Cadmus Group Inc. vice president G. Tracy Mehan III, former assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who joined the company in April 2004, has been writing a lot of late on related issues.

His latest themes have been picked up by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Denver's Rocky Mountain News.

The Denver article can be found at: "Rocky Mountain News Speakout: Working to ease mine cleanup efforts".

The St. Louis article is only available to subscribers of the newspaper. It ran on Oct. 31 and is titled: "Whatever happened to financial responsibility?" A Republican, Mehan lambasts Congress' lack of fiscal self control in recent years and its impact on Clean Water Act programs, concluding:

"The Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts provide for the establishment of state revolving loan funds, partially capitalized by federal contributions and matched by state resources. The revolving funds system requires payback of principal plus interest at a low, subsidized rate. Unlike an outright grant, the monies are recycled back through the funds, which allows precious dollars to be reused.

"Congress is undermining this program through numerous earmarks, which now number 669; in 1995, there were 46. Unlike loans, these earmarks are outright grants for 55% of the projects' cost. Selection is based on political ties on Capitol Hill, rather than through any systematic evaluation of relative needs on a statewide or watershed basis -- as the state loans are.

"The process undermines the incentives for local communities to look to their own ratepayers to repay the loans. Of the $40.8 billion appropriated for the Environmental Protection Agency for the benefit of the state funds, 16% has been diverted to earmarked projects.

"This issue should become the subject of robust debate in Republican primary elections across America, not to mention the 2008 presidential contest in which candidates' views on the presidential veto should be of paramount interest.

"If it does not, shame on us."

Mehan also wrote the following for the September/October issue of Underground Infrastructure Management magazine: "Diamonds and Water: Facing Up to the Full Cost of Utility Services".

Mehan is now a principal with Cadmus. He was assistant administrator for water at the EPA in the first term of President George W. Bush. From 1989 to 1992, he was director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Since 1983, Cadmus (www.cadmusgroup.com) has provided multidisciplinary consulting, research, and technical support services to government, non-profit, and corporate clients. It focuses primarily on air and water issues, energy efficiency, global climate change, and ecological risk assessment. Its more than 200 full-time staff members include scientists, statisticians, engineers, economists, attorneys, information technology specialists, writers, graphic artists, outreach specialists, trainers, and public policy analysts. It's based in Watertown, Mass.

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