Missouri Senator Roy Blunt put EPA official’s feet to the fire during questioning this week on the delays behind the “St. Johns Bayou/ New Madrid Floodway Project.” The following is a press release from Blunt’s office:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Appropriations hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe on the delayed St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project in Southeast Missouri. The discussion took place during a hearing before the Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies regarding the EPA’s FY2014 budget.
Blunt has placed a hold on President Barack Obama’s EPA Administrator nominee, Gina McCarthy, until the administration announces a timeline for the release of the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Last month, officials from the EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Fish and Wildlife Services failed to meet their own self-imposed deadline of March 15, 2013 to ensure the federal agencies agree on the facts and report progress on the stalled project to Blunt and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (Mo.).
The St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project would install pumping stations and close a 1,500-foot gap in the Mississippi River levee system. Progress towards a final determination on the project has been delayed due to disagreements between federal agencies.
Click the link below to watch Senator Blunts questions: