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Washington, D.C. – The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee will hold a business meeting and two hearings next week. The Subcommittee on National Parks will also conduct a hearing.

The Energy Committee will hold a hearing to receive testimony regarding Federal programs for Energy Efficiency and Conservation on Tuesday, March 11 at 10:00 a.m. in SD-366. The invited witnesses are:


The Honorable David Garman
Assistant Secretary
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Department of Energy

Mr. Paul Lynch
Assistant Commissioner
Office of Business Performance (PX)
General Services Administration

Mr. David M. Nemtzow
President
Alliance to Save Energy

Mr. Joseph M. McGuire
President
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

Mr. Erbin B. Keith
Senior Vice President
Sempra Energy Solutions

The Energy Committee will hold a business meeting on Wednesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. in SD-366. The agenda is:

Agenda Item # 1: To consider the nomination of Joseph T. Kelliher to be Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Agenda Item # 2: S. 164 To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of sites associated with the life of César Estrada Chávez and the farm labor movement.

Agenda Item # 3: S. 212 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to cooperate with the High Plains Aquifer States in conducting a hydrogeologic characterization, mapping, modeling, and monitoring program for the High Plains Aquifer and for other purposes.

Agenda Item # 4: S. 278 - To make certain adjustments to the boundaries of the Mount Naomi Wilderness Area, and for other purposes.

Agenda Item # 7: S. 347 - To direct the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a joint special resources study to evaluate the suitability and feasibility of establishing the Rim of the Valley Corridor as a unit of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and for other purposes.

Agenda Item # 8: S. 425 - To revise the boundary of the Wind Cave National Park in the State of South Dakota.

Agenda Item # 9: H.R. 397 - To reinstate the license and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project in the State of Illinois.

Staff is working on amendments to Agenda Item # 6: S. 328 - To designate Catoctin Mountain Park in the State of Maryland as the “Catoctin Mountain National Recreation Area”, and for other purposes. If a resolution can be achieved this item will be considered.

On Thursday, March 13 at 10a.m. in SD-366, the Energy Committee will hold a hearing to gain an understanding of the impacts of last year's fires and then look forward to the potential 2003 fire season. The invited witnesses are:

Dave Tenny
Deputy Under Secretary
Natural Resources and the Environment
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Lynn Scarlett
Assistant Secretary
Policy Management and Budget

Linda M. Conlin
Assistant Secretary
United State Trade and Development Agency

The Subcommittee on National Parks will hold a hearing to conduct oversight on the designation and management of National Heritage Areas on Thursday, March 13, at 2:30 p.m. in SD-366. The invited witnesses are:

Honorable Fran P. Mainella
Director
National Park Service
Department of the Interior

Mr Peyton Knight
Legislative Director
American Policy Center

Mr. Alen Sachse
Executive Director
Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Ms.Kathryn Higgins
Vice President for Public Policy
National Trust for Historic Preservation

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