Stafford Act: A Plan for the Nation's Emergency Preparedness and Response System, Hearing Before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, July 27, 2006 [open pdf - 8MB]
From the opening statement of James M. Inhofe: "Today the Committee will be hearing from two panels to discuss debris removal in New Orleans post hurricane Katrina; progress made in disaster mitigation and preparedness nationwide per the provisions of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000; and adequacy of the Stafford Act authorities for future major disasters. [...] I have been contacted by several that are unhappy with the pace of debris removal and the disposal of that debris once it has been picked up. Given the potential long term health and liability issues of improperly disposed debris the Committee will be following this issue very closely. Today's hearing will be our first attempt to get on the record what is happening on this issue, but we will be doing additional follow-up." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James M. Inhofe, David Vitter, James M. Jeffords, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, Robert Shea, Don T. Riley, Deborah Y. Dietrich, Corey Gruber, Armond Mascelli, Pamela Mayer Pogue, Susan Parker Bodine, Mike Kangior, Ray C. Nagin, Russell C. Watson, John Paul Woodley Jr., Mark Shriver, and Tamara S. Little.
S. Hrg. 109-1066; Senate Hearing 109-1066
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