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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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July 26, 2016 Press Release

NORWICH, C.T. —Today, Representative Joe Courtney (CT-02), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) made the following statements after Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, announced that the U.S. Coast Guard Band will remain in New London:

July 18, 2016 Press Release
“As representatives from the region, we understand firsthand the importance of preserving and protecting the environment in and around the Sound for future generations to enjoy,” wrote the members. “The environmental soundness of Long Island Sound dredging is a clear focus of the ELDS. The proposed rule is consistent with the federally-approved Coastal Zone Management Plans for New York, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Furthermore, it should be noted that without access to the ELDS, it is expected that transporting dredged materials to other sites, like the Rhode Island Disposal Site, will increase carbon emissions from ships and risk of dredged material spills as transport distance is extended. Our states have been responsibly dredging using open-water placement for 35 years and we believe that swift adoption of the ELDS, along with an increased effort to find sustainable on-land solutions for suitable dredged materials, will provide the Long Island Sound region with a balanced approach for future waterway maintenance projects."
July 14, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) joined a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on ‘Recalcitrant Countries Denying Visas to Countries that Refuse to Take Back their Deported Nationals’.