The Relief Report

A newsletter covering regulatory reform efforts in Washington and across America, published by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Court, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002 (202) 543-4110, Fax (202) 543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org/.

Issue #39 * April 27,1996 * David A. Ridenour, Editor

Hill Watch - Regulatory relief initiative on Capitol Hill

DOT Regulations: A Highway of Overregulation.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's hazardous materials regulations may well qualify as the most complex, broad, and in many cases unnecessary regulations in the whole panoply of federal regulation. For example, any business that ships any quantity of relatively benign materials like spray paint or nail polish remover is required to carry complicated shipping papers, mark containers, provide DOT- mandated training to employees every two years and retain records for a least one year. House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) and Representative Gary Condit (D-CA) filed H.R. 3153 on March 22 to exempt small vehicles carrying relatively small quantities of hazardous materials from DOT's HazMAT regulations. The bill, which has been referred to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, now has some 50 cosponsors. If you are concerned about this issue or would like more information, contact Bob Rosenberg at the National Pest Control Association @ (703)573-8330, Monica Vegas in the Majority Whip's office or Robert Guenther in Representative Condit's office.

Resource Center - Ideas, materials and strategies
for effective environmental communication

Modernization of Clean Water Act Key to
Environmental Progress New Info-Pak Released.

The Clean Water Industry Coalition (CWIC) has developed new materials on the Clean Water Act that emphasize the environmental benefits of modernizing the current law. "Over the past year, the debate about how to extend our nation's environmental laws has been marred by extreme rhetoric... The issue is not and never has been whether we protect the environment, but rather how we protect it," says the coalition. The CWIC argues that while the current Act has been successful in controlling pollution of the nation's streams since it was enacted in 1972, new problems have arisen that it can not adequately address. For copies of the Info Pak, contact Charlie Ingram at (202)463-5533.

Environmentalist Becomes Victim of Environmental Distortion

John Viehman, Executive Editor of Backpacker, got a good taste of how environmentalists can distort the truth. Late last year, he travelled to Johnstone Strait (British Columbia) -- where Killer Whales are known to congregate -- for an episode of his public television show, Trailside. He asked a Canadian official for permission to film the orcas, but the request was denied. That didn't stop environmentalists who overheard him making the request from broadcasting over their radios that a "rabid television group was diving inches from the... orcas." Said Viehman, "Who among us would want to live in a world filled with wilderness and whales but blanketed in lies?" For more information, call The National Center at (202) 543-4110.

Environmental Resource Locator Where You Can Turn
for Help on Environmental and Regulatory Issues

The National Center for Public Policy Research's Environmental Policy Task Force has established an "Environmental Resource Locator" to help Capitol Hill offices access resources on environmental and regulatory issues, including issue-specific information, regulatory victim stories, strategic advice and grassroots activist networks. To follow are some organizations that Members of Congress seeking common-sense environmental approaches can turn to for help. If you have a specific need and don't know which groups have the resources you need, access the Environmental Resource Locator by calling David Ridenour or Bob Adams at (202) 543-4110.

Alliance for America
Contact: Bruce Vincent, (406)293-8821

American Association of Small Property Ownership
Contact: Pat Callahan, (202)244-6277

American Council on Science and Health
Contact: Elizabeth Whalen, (212)362-7044

American Land Rights Association
Contact: Chuck Cushman, (360)687-3087

Blue Ribbon Coalition
Contact: Don Amador, (510)754-1254

CATO Institute
Contact: Jerry Taylor, (202)842-0200

Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise
Contact: Ron Arnold, (206)455-5038

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
Contact: Craig Rucker, (202)429-2737

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Contact: Jonathan Adler, (202)331-1010

Consumer Alert
Contact: Fran Smith, (202)467-5809

Defenders of Property Rights
Contact: Nancie Marzulla, (202)686-4197

National Center for Public Policy Research/Relief Report
Contact: David Ridenour, (202) 543-4110

EPA Watch
Contact: Bonner Cohen, (202)739-0179

Fairness to Landowners Committee
Contact: Margaret Regal, (410)228-3822

Frontiers of Freedom
Contact: Myron Ebell, (703)527-8282

George C. Marshall Institute
Contact: Jeff Salmon, (202)296-9655

Heritage Foundation
Contact: John Shanahan, (202)546-4400

National Wilderness Institute
Contact: Jim Streeter, (703)836-7404

Science and Environmental Policy Project
Contact: S. Fred Singer, (703)503-5064

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Contact: Charlie Ingram, (202)463-5533

Environmental Tip #1

Remember that environmental victims of regulations are as important as human victims. If a law has the perverse effect of harming the environment, don't neglect to cite this as a reason the law needs to be changed.

"Putting People Back Into the Regulatory Equation"

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