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From: Helen Sheehan [mailto:h_sheehan@hotmail.com]
Subject: [lwv-presidents] America's Historic Areas and Parklands At Risk

of Becoming Roadkill


This week as we celebrate our national heritage, the Senate Environment
&
Public Works (EPW) Committee will make a brief visit home as staff works
on
drafting their proposal for TEA-21 reauthorization.  Under consideration
are
proposed changes that would significantly weaken key protections of
America's heritage.  Laws were enacted after the Interstate-building
boom
during the 1960's and '70s which caused neighborhoods to band together
against planned highways through areas such as New Orleans French
Quarter,
San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, and the National Mall.  Section 4(f)
of
the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 and Section 106 of the
Historic

Preservation Act require engineers to avoid damage to historic
properties
and parklands.  These laws have saved countless national treasures,
downtowns, forts, and tribal lands.  Proposed changes would exempt many
highway projects from these laws, nix requirements to consider every
"prudent and feasible alternative" and protect landmarks, and grant
state
departments of transportation with discretionary powers to interpret and

apply the federal law.


YOUR ATTENTION REQUESTED:
Write a Letter to the Editor calling on your Senator to protect our
national
treasures week of July 4

For a fact sheet on Section 4(f), including protected and threatened
areas,
visit http://www.antc.net/campaign/4f%20matters.pdf

For more about historic preservation and transportation policy from the
National Trust for Historic Preservation, visit
http://www.nationaltrust.org/issues/transportation/index.html

CONTACT INFO FOR EPW COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Senator                      Phone                   Fax
AK      Murkowski (R)   202-224-6665    202-224-5301
CA      Boxer (D)         202-224-6222    415-956-6701
CO      Allard (R)          202-224-5941    202-224-6471
CT      Lieberman (D)   202-224-4041    202-224-9750
DE      Carper (D)        202-224-2441    202-228-2190
FL      Graham (D)       202-224-3041    202-224-2237
ID      Crapo (R)           202-224-6142    202-228-1375
MO      Bond (R)           202-224-5721    202-224-8149
MT      Baucus (D)        202-224-2651    202-228-3687
NV      Reid (D)            202-224-3542    202-224-7327
NY      Clinton (D)         202-224-4451    202-228-0282
OH      Voinovich (R)     202-224-3353    202-228-1382
OK      Inhofe (R)          202-224-4721    202-228-0380
OR      Wyden (D)         202-224-5244    202-228-2717
RI      Chafee (R)          202-224-2921    202-228-2853
TX      Cornyn (R)          202-224-2934    202-228-2856
VA      Warner (R)         202-224-2023    202-224-6295
VT      Jeffords (I)         202-224-8832    202-228-0776
WY      Thomas (R)        202-224-6441    202-224-1724

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Andrea Broaddus at the Surface
Transportation
Policy Project at 202-466-2636 or abroaddus@transact.org.

Helen M. Sheehan
216.752.6831 (P)
216.752.6883 (F)
216.990.2999 (C)






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