Jeffords to lead Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

Sen. James Jeffords, I-VT, is making preparations to take over the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and reorganize the four subcommittees he will be overseeing.

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 11, 2001 — Sen. James Jeffords, I-VT, is making preparations to take over the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and reorganize the four subcommittees he will be overseeing.

The reorganization, prompted by Jeffords' conversion to Independent and the Senate's shift to Democratic control, is expected to be completed by June 15.

When the subcommittees are realigned, Sen. Bob Graham of Florida is expected to be the chairman of the Fisheries, Wildlife and Water subcommittee and Sen. Max Baucus of Montana is slated to become the chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee, according to a report from Water Tech news.

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California Boxer will oversee the Superfund, Waste Control and Risk Assessment subcommittee. Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut will chair the Clean Air, Wetlands, Private Property and Nuclear Safety subcommittee.

The shift may breathe new life into the Small Drinking Water Funding Act, a measure that would allocate up to $750 million per year for five years to help small public drinking water systems meet new arsenic regulations.

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