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Sessions Delivers Remarks At RESTORE Act Press Conference

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Published on Oct 12, 2012

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Sen. Sessions worked with Sen. Shelby, Rep. Bonner, and other members of Congress to enact the RESTORE Act, which directs 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines assessed as a result of that tragedy to the environmental and economic restoration of the Gulf Coast. In recent weeks, there have been several news reports indicating that the Department of Justice, which is negotiating a potential settlement with the responsible parties, may be considering a settlement that would circumvent the intent of the RESTORE Act by agreeing to apportion more of the oil spill penalties through the Natural Resources Damages Assessment (NRDA). Unlike Clean Water Act fines, NRDA funds do not flow through the RESTORE Act process.

In light of these reports, Senator Sessions joined several of his Gulf Coast colleagues in writing a letter to the U.S. Attorney General to urge DOJ to abide by the RESTORE Act during the settlement process. Yesterday's press conference was an opportunity for Sen. Sessions and other members of the Alabama congressional delegation to provide an update on the recovery efforts associated with the RESTORE Act.

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