U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta & Chairman Darrell Issa to hold Oversight Committee field hearing on Great Bay in Exeter on Monday, June 4

Will focus on protecting Great Bay and preventing federal overregulation

(Washington – May 31, 2012)    Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) will join House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) for an important hearing regarding Great Bay.

A Oversight Committee field hearing will be held Monday, June 4 in Exeter at 9:00 a.m. at the Exeter Town Office Building, Nowak Room, 10 Front Street.  Entitled “EPA Overreach and the Impact on New Hampshire Communities,” it will examine National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits proposed by the EPA for communities in the Great Bay Estuary, including Dover, Exeter, Newmarket, Rochester and Portsmouth.   The hearing will focus in particular on the role of the EPA and the state in the permitting process, as well as the potential economic impact of the EPA’s proposed requirements.

Witnesses scheduled to testify include: Rochester Mayor T.J. Jean; Dean Peschel, Peschel Consulting LLC, on behalf of the Great Bay Municipal Coalition; H. Curtis “Curt” Spalding, Administrator, EPA Region 1; John Hall, Hall & Associates, on behalf of the Great Bay Municipal Coalition; and Peter Rice, Public Works Director, City of Portsmouth.

“We all want to see Great Bay protected and preserved for future generations,” Representative Guinta said.  “These permits would place serious financial hardship on local governments, communities and families.  I am mindful of the environmental issues at stake, and they must be thoughtfully considered.  But as I have said before, I am concerned over-zealous government regulation is getting ahead of the science, and taxpaying citizens might wind up getting hurt as a result.  I am working to prevent that from happening.”