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TURNBULL SENDS SENATE BILL PROPOSALS

Gov. Charles Turnbull has sent legislation to the Senate that will allow the V.I. to maintain control of fines levied against federal environmental lawbreakers in the territory.
The three bills, if approved, will strengthen the territory’s environmental protection laws and "provide guidance and balance between development and the environment," said a Government House release on Wednesday.
The first bill would update the V.I. air pollution control program, the second would regulate the use of underground storage tanks for fuel and oil and the third would amend the V.I. Code to update the water pollution control program.
According to Turnbull, the bills are necessary to bring the V.I. into compliance with federal law and result from meetings with federal regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency.
"The enactment of these proposals is important to preclude federal intervention," Turnbull said in his transmittal letter to the Legislature. "We must ensure that the necessary safeguards are put in place to protect our air, and the ground and surface waters, from contamination."
Other proposals include transferring the Narcotics Strike Force from the Office of the Governor to the V.I. Police Department, for budgetary purposes only. Another proposal would place the Office of Collective Bargaining under the Division of Personnel, also for budgetary purposes.
The governor is also seeking an appropriation from the Health Revolving Fund for the fiscal year Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2000.

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Gov. Charles Turnbull has sent legislation to the Senate that will allow the V.I. to maintain control of fines levied against federal environmental lawbreakers in the territory.
The three bills, if approved, will strengthen the territory’s environmental protection laws and "provide guidance and balance between development and the environment," said a Government House release on Wednesday.
The first bill would update the V.I. air pollution control program, the second would regulate the use of underground storage tanks for fuel and oil and the third would amend the V.I. Code to update the water pollution control program.
According to Turnbull, the bills are necessary to bring the V.I. into compliance with federal law and result from meetings with federal regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency.
"The enactment of these proposals is important to preclude federal intervention," Turnbull said in his transmittal letter to the Legislature. "We must ensure that the necessary safeguards are put in place to protect our air, and the ground and surface waters, from contamination."
Other proposals include transferring the Narcotics Strike Force from the Office of the Governor to the V.I. Police Department, for budgetary purposes only. Another proposal would place the Office of Collective Bargaining under the Division of Personnel, also for budgetary purposes.
The governor is also seeking an appropriation from the Health Revolving Fund for the fiscal year Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2000.