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[greenyes] ! ACTION ALERT ! More Co-sponsors needed for U.S. Senate Beverage Bill
Forwarded from Pat Franklin, Container Recycling Institute.
Great news:  Sen Jeffords' bill now has two cosponsors,
Sens. Kerry (MA) and Leahy (VT)!

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! ACTION ALERT !
NATIONAL BEVERAGE PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 2003

Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) will introduce his National Beverage Producer
Responsibility Act when Congress reconvenes after the August recess.  The
bill, which will be assigned a number after it is introduced, is virtually
identical to last year's bill.  Sen. Jeffords' bill:

* Sets a performance standard for beverage producers of 80 percent recycling
for their beverage containers;
* Allows beverage producers to develop any system they choose to recover
their containers; and,
* Requires that beverage producers collect a 10-cent refundable deposit to
ensure a high return rate.

Call and write or email your Senator today and ask him or her to co-sponsor
the National Producer Responsibility Act.  The following senators have
co-sponsored National Bottle Bills in past sessions of congress are prime
candidates for sponsorship:

Olympia Snowe (ME) . (202) 224-5344 . olympia@no.address
Carl Levin* (MI) . (202) 224-6221 . senate.gov/contact.htm
Barbara Boxer (CA) . (202) 224-3553 . boxer.senate.gov/contact
Dianne Feinstein (CA) . (202) 224-3841 . feinstein.senate.gov/email.html
Tom Harkin (IA) . (202) 224-3254 . harkin.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm
Edward Kennedy (MA) . (202) 224-4543 . senator@no.address
Joseph Lieberman (CT) . (202) 224-4041 .
lieberman.senate.gov/newsite/contact.cfm
Christopher Dodd (CT) . (202) 224-2823 . dodd.senate.gov/webmail/
Charles Schumer (NY) . (202) 224-6542 . schumer.senate.gov/webform.html
Ron Wyden (OR) . (202) 224-5244 . wyden.senate.gov/contact.html
* These senators were house members at that time.

Other perspective sponsors include those senators representing bottle bill
states who may not have co-sponsored a national bottle bill in the past.

Gordon Smith (OR) . (202) 224-3753  gsmith.senate.gov/webform.htm
Susan Collins (ME) . (202) 224-2523 collins.senate.gov/low/contactemail.htm
Debbie Stabenow (MI) . (202) 224-4822 . stabenow.senate.gov/email.htm
Chuck Grassley (IA) . (202) 224-3744 . grassley.senate.gov/webform.htm
Joseph Biden (DE) . (202) 224-5042 . senator@no.address
Thomas Carper (DE) . (202) 224-2441 . carper.senate.gov/email-form.html
Hillary Clinton (NY) . (202) 224-4451 . clinton.senate.gov/email_form.html
Daniel Akaka (HI) . (202) 224-6361 . senator@no.address
Daniel Inouye (HI) . (202) 224-3934 . inouye.senate.gov/webform.html

**Please thank the following senators for co-sponsoring Sen. Jeffords'
bill:**

John Kerry (MA) . (202) 224-2742 . kerry.senate.gov/low/contact_email.html
Patrick Leahy (VT) . (202) 224-4242 . senator_leahy@no.address

Although the new bill has not been assigned a number, it will be essentially
the same bill Sen. Jeffords introduced last year.   You can view a synopsis
of the National Beverage Producer Responsibility Act of 2002 at
www.bottlebill.net/Campaigns/bpr/BPRASummary.shtml

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Read 2003 bill text and more commentary at
http://www.GRRN.org/beverage/jeffords/index.html






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