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  • Healthy Fields and Farm Economies Act Seeks to Bring More Accountability to Federal Conservation Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on January 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John J. Faso (R-Kinderhook) and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve conservation programs for farmers and increase accountability to American taxpayers. The Healthy Fields and Farm Economies Act would give USDA the tools and authority to measure, evaluate, and report on federal conservation program outcomes so that they better serve family farmers, protect natural resources, and provide a greater return on investm... Read more

  • Reps. Faso, Slaughter Introduce Bill to Honor Maurice Hinchey
    Posted in Press Releases on December 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Washington, D.C. - Representatives John Faso (R-NY19) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY25) today introduced legislation to rename the post office at 111 Market St, Saugerties, New York after former U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey. “Maurice Hinchey was a fierce defender of the environment who was a steadfast advocate for the causes he believed in and the people he served,” said Faso. “I was proud to serve alongside him in the State Assembly. Naming his hometown post office after Maurice will be an e... Read more

  • Faso Announces Critical EPA Designation for Hoosick Falls
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced that Hoosick Falls would be added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Priorities List, the final step before access to critical federal resources to clean up pollution in the area. “This is critically important and welcome news as the 3,600 residents of Hoosick Falls will now see the contaminated Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site eligible for federal funding, permanently. I am proud to have advocated... Read more

  • Faso Statement on Reversal of WOTUS Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Environment

    “The rule proposed by the Obama administration, while well-intentioned, created confusion and controversy among landowners and farmers throughout the nation and in Upstate New York. Farmers should not have to go to the federal Corps of Engineers or EPA to seek permits to use long-established drainage ditches on their property. It is time for the EPA to go back to the drawing board and craft a rule which doesn’t unduly burden our agricultural businesses and make sure they involve all stakeholders in the regulatory process.” Read more

  • Faso Calls on EPA Administrator to Evaluate Impact of Pollution in Upstate Communities
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    "I have heard from many of my constituents in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh about the impact of PFOA pollution in their communities. It is imperative that EPA Administrator Pruitt fully consider the health impacts of PFOAs and take action accordingly” Read more

  • Faso Welcomes Suspension of Hudson River Anchorages Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John J. Faso (R-Kinderhook) today issued the following statement regarding the news that the United States Coast Guard plans to suspend its push for new anchorages in the Hudson River. “This is welcome news to many of our residents along the Hudson River. I am pleased to see that in addition to suspending its anchorages plan, the Coast Guard decided to commission a formal study to better understand the risks associated with these anchorage grounds. This is somethin... Read more

  • Faso-Sponsored Bill to Support Hydroelectric Power Passes House in Bipartisan Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Environment

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced the passage of H.R. 2292, legislation to allow the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend the construction license for the Cannonsville, Delaware County hydroelectric project for as many as eight additional years. FERC provided the original, two-year license for the project in 2014. The license extension is necessary to prepare the construction site at the Cannonsville Dam in an environmentally sensitive manne... Read more

  • Congressman Faso Announces $400,000 in Brownfields Cleanup Grants to Local Governments
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced that two local governments in the 19th Congressional District have been awarded $400,000 in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for brownfield site revitalization. Sullivan County and the Village of Valley Falls (Rensselaer County) will each receive $200,000 in competitive grants to help them redevelop vacant and unused properties. “These grants will allow Sullivan County and Valley Falls to make innovative... Read more

  • Congressman Faso Issues Statement on Paris Agreement Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Environment

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today released the following statement in response to the administration’s decision to pursue withdrawal proceedings from the Paris COP21 agreement: “As a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, I support US efforts to continue promotion of innovative clean-energy solutions which will mitigate the effects of man-made climate change. As such, I believe the withdrawal of the US from the agreement is ill-advised. However, the non-bi... Read more

  • Faso Bill Language Would Halt Hudson River Anchorage Process, Require Report to Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Environment

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced the inclusion of language added at his request to H.R. 2518, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017, that would protect the public health and public safety of Hudson River communities by prohibiting proposed Yonkers-to-Kingston barge anchorages for up to one year while Congress assesses environmental and other impacts. The last reauthorization for the Coast Guard’s major funding bill was passed in 2015 and is set to expi... Read more

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