By Kevin Derby
June 7, 2019
U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., was able to get his proposal fighting coastal acidification through the U.S. House last week.
The House passed Posey’s “National Estuaries and Acidification Research (NEAR) Act” on a voice vote on Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oreg. and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., who lead the Congressional Estuary Caucus with Posey, were co-sponsors. Other backers in the House included U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla.
The bill “directs the Ocean Studies Board of National Academies to conduct a two year study examining the science of ocean acidification and its impact on our estuaries” and will, Posey’s office insisted, “create a better understanding of coastal acidification so we can better manage and mitigate its effects on our nation’s estuaries and other natural treasures.” The bill funds the study with $1 million.
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