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DAY AND NIGHT, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES TO BE AIRED

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March 14, 2003 – The people of St. Croix get opportunities both day and night on Monday to let public officials know what they think about local environmental issues, especially the island's decrepit sewage system.
Sen. Louis Hill will chair a meeting of the Senate Planning and Environmental Protection Committee at 10 a.m. Monday at the Legislative Conference Room in Frederiksted.
At the Senate committee meeting, Sonya Nelthropp, Public Works Department senior manager for federal programs compliance, will give the legislators a status report on St. Croix's wastewater treatment facilities.
She also will discuss the impact of District Judge Thomas K. Moore's order filed Monday concerning the Global Resources Management sewer-repairs contract and the government's mandates under a compliance agreement and court orders to deal with St. Croix's wastewater problems. (See "Judge finds 'reek of politics' in sewage contract.)
Then, on Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m., federal Environmental Protection Agency officials will take testimony at the Research and Extension Center on the University of the Virgin Islands campus. (See "EPA wants to hear environmental concerns".)
Also on Hill's agenda for the Senate committee:
– Planning and Natural Resources Department officials are to testify on an application from Seaborne Airlines for a major Coastal Zone Management permit to install a floating platform 25 by 40 feet in size off of the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility in Frederiksted. The company is looking to initiate daily flights between Frederiksted and Charlotte Amalie and plans to occupy 1,000 square feet of submerged land.
– DPNR officials are to update the committee on Planning Division initiatives toward establishment of a comprehensive land and water use plan, and to outline current CZM and rezoning procedures.

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