EENR Pares Agenda to Six Key Issues

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With numerous "hot issues to consider, the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources (EENR) Policy Committee whittled their list to a still heavy agenda of six topics for study during 1996: energy policy, stormwater, source water protection, sustainable development, nuclear waste transportation, and airport and transportation noise control.

EENR Chair Ingrid Lindemann, Councilmember of Aurora, Colorado, urged Policy Committee members to stay involved as the Steering Committee begins its work, "You need to continue your dialogue with the Steering Committee members throughout the year."

Energy Policy

The top vote getter at the EENR Policy Committee meeting was energy policy. The section of the National Municipal Policy on energy will be reexamined and updated, particularly in light of major changes currently underway in the utility industry. Committee members are concerned about recent federal actions to deregulate energy utilities and how those changes may affect cities as providers or customers of energy services. Members are also concerned about retail wheeling, energy efficiency, and renewable sources of energy.

Sustainable Development

The EENR Committee will examine sustainable development this year, an issue of increasing discussion. The issue is being more broadly discussed with the recent release of the report by the President's Council on Sustainable Development. In 1995, three NLC policy committees discussed sustainable development resulting in the incorporation of sustainable development policy language into the Community & Economic Development and the Transportation & Communications policy chapters. …