Acid rain help included in federal legislation

INDIAN LAKE - Rep. John M. McHugh has announced the Omnibus Appropriations legislation that passed the House of Representatives included funding for three acid rain monitoring programs that directly benefit New York State, particularly in areas such as the Adirondacks.

Congressman McHugh led the House effort to restore funding for acid rain programs, including fighting against proposed cuts. Two of the programs were in jeopardy after the original budget for Fiscal Year 2009 proposed to completely eliminate funding.

"This was an important victory in the continued fight against acid rain, which has historically had a severe and detrimental impact on large parts of the United States, particularly in New York. We need to continue to take action to understand and fight this problem, which these three acid rain programs do. I am extremely pleased that the House carefully considered the tremendous value these monitoring programs have, and chose to include funding in the Omnibus legislation that funds the rest of the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2009," said McHugh. "I will continue to fight to ensure that this critical funding is included when we begin to consider Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations over the coming months."

"Once again, those who love the Adirondacks owe a debt of gratitude to Congressman John McHugh. For the second consecutive year, he has led the effort to defeat plans to cut the federal budget for acid rain research in the Adirondack Park," said Brian Houseal, executive director of the Adirondack Council, a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the park's ecological health and wild character. "Like he did in last year's budget debate, Congressman McHugh led a bipartisan effort to restore the funding in the House of Representatives. He was instrumental in keeping these vital, long-term research programs alive through the end of the Bush Administration. New Yorkers can now point to nearly three decades of uninterrupted scientific information on the impact of acid rain on the Adirondack Park's air, soil and water. This is the proof we have needed to compel the federal government to continue cutting air pollution. As EPA's recent progress report shows, those pollution cuts are producing real results. These monitoring programs are measuring those results."

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