Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will today receive the Natural Resources Council of America's 1999 National Environmental Quality Award. "I am truly honored by this award and accept it on behalf of my constituents who consider protecting the environment an ethic, not just an issue," said Pelosi. "We recognize that environmental challenges transcend national boundaries and that international funding should have a positive impact on the environment."
The award, which recognizes efforts "to further the principles of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)," specifically cites the Pelosi Amendment that requires international financial institutions, including the World Bank, to allow public inspection of the environmental impact statements for proposed loans 120 days before final approval. The amendment also instructs the U.S. representation on the boards of such institutions to vote against any loans that are not subjected to such scrutiny.
Other recipients of the 1999 National Environmental Quality Award are Mike McCloskey, retiring chairman of the Sierra Club, which is headquartered in San Francisco's 8th U.S. Congressional District; Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior; Eugene Clekley, director of the Southern Resources Center of the Federal Highway Administration; and five organizations.
The Natural Resources Council of America is a membership "umbrella" organization for some 75 organizations, primarily environmental and conservation groups. It provides a common forum for the exchange of information and ideas and promotes adoption of public policies that further conservation and the protection and responsible management of the environment.
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