Lunch Briefing – Estuary Caucus with the Florida Institute of Technology

Congressional Estuary Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Posey and Bonamici, and Estuary Caucus member Representative Mast invite you to a lunch briefing to learn about Florida’s Indian River Lagoon system from Dr. John Trefry, seasoned lagoon veteran researcher,
Professor of Chemical Oceanography Ocean Engineering & Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Methane Ch4llenge June 20

I wanted to make sure you saw that the Environmental Defense Fund will be hosting a demonstration of its new “find and fix” Methane CH4llenge virtual reality experience next week in the Rayburn Foyer.

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Support Accountability for Burn Pit Exposure

Please join me in cosponsoring the Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R.
5671), to evaluate the exposure of U.S. servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. Over
140,000 servicemembers and veterans over the past three decades have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. However, since there is no mandatory reporting system, there are likely many more servicemembers affected. Exposure can produce
serious and potentially life-threatening health effects, including neurological disorders, rare forms of cancer, lung diseases, and more—triggering some to call the crisis the
‘Agent Orange’ of the post-9/11 generation.

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Protect Our Coastlines by Keeping the Well Control Rule in Place

We invite you to join us in urging Secretary Zinke to prioritize the economic vitality of our clean coastlines and wildlife resources by keeping in place the Well Control Rule, a common-sense safety regulation. At a time when nearly all of America’s coastal
waters have been placed on the table for increased oil and gas drilling, the Trump Administration has simultaneously taken steps to ease regulations such as this that govern the oil and gas industry. This would be an enormous mistake.

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Lunch Briefing – Estuary Caucus with the Florida Institute of Technology

Congressional Estuary Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Posey and Bonamici, and Estuary Caucus member Representative Mast invite you to a lunch briefing to learn about Florida’s Indian River Lagoon system from Dr. John Trefry, seasoned lagoon veteran researcher,
Professor of Chemical Oceanography Ocean Engineering & Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Protect EPA Air Quality Standards

Please join us in expressing grave concerns about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Pruitt’s memorandum, published on May 9, 2018, which would undermine future National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) reviews and standard setting. The
memo asks the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) to consider “adverse social, economic, or energy effects” while setting NAAQS, which is a direct contradiction to a unanimous Supreme Court decision which noted that only public health
impacts should be considered during the standard setting process. This change would weaken the Clean Air Act and take a dangerous step back from progress made for public health with regard to air quality.

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Protect the Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale – Co-Sponsor H.R. 6060

There are fewer than 450 North Atlantic right whales remaining in the world, with a population that has struggled for decades to recover from overexploitation by the whaling industry. The past year was one of the worst years on record for the species, with
18 confirmed deaths between 2017 and 2018 and no new calves observed this year – the first time no calves were observed since surveys began nearly 30 years ago.

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