FOE GRRN Earthjustice Sustain

September 29, 2000
Contacts: GRRN - Lance King (703) 241-4927
FOE - Mark Helm (202) 783-7400 ext. 102

House Speaker Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Lott Asked to Investigate Architect Hantman

Groups Charge Lax Enforcement of Congressional Accountability Act, OSHA Safety Standards, and Failed Recycling Program

WHAT: Several environmental and recycling organizations will hold a news conference October 2, 2000 at the National Press Club calling for a joint House and Senate investigation of Architect of the Capitol Alan Hantman for alleged violation section 215 of the Congressional Accountability Act, regarding continuing OSHA work place safety violations, and mismanagement of the Office Waste Recycling Program. "Congress Caught on Video" will be shown, documenting recycled paper contamination, trashed recyclables and worker safety problems.

Gannett News Service reported on September 25: 'A spokesman for the Architect of the Capitol, which runs Congress' recycling program, did not dispute the $1.5 million loss to taxpayers. "If we had had a perfect recycling program, we would have received that much more money for the U.S. treasury," acknowledged Bruce Milhans, communications officer for the architect's office. "It's fair to say that our program could be more efficient."

The groups charge that mismanagement over the past 5 years actually cost taxpayers much more than previously thought and will present new documentation.
WHO: Friends of the Earth - President Brent Blackwelder
GrassRoots Recycling - Project Coordinator Lance King
Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund - Joan Mulhern
Container Recycling Institute - Executive Director Pat Franklin
Former House Recycling Coordinator - Pat Dollar
WHEN: 12:30 PM, October 2, 2000
WHERE: National Press Club, First Amendment Room
529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20045

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