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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, June 7, 1999 Volume 35--Number 22 Pages 1003-1048 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Balkans, situation--1019, 1033, 1042 Cabinet meeting--1019 Colorado Commander in Chief's Trophy presentation to the U.S. Air Force Academy football team in Colorado Springs--1013 Commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs--1013 Memorial Day--1008 President's Committee on Employment of People With Disabilities Awards--1042 Radio address--1003 Representative Nick J. Rahall II, breakfast--1040 Virginia, Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington--1005 Youth violence and media marketing study--1009 Communications to Congress Belarus, letter transmitting documentation on extension of normal trade relations status--1031 China, letter transmitting documentation on extension of normal trade relations status--1032 Communications to Congress--Continued Cyprus, letter transmitting report--1030 Vietnam, letter transmitting documentation on extension of normal trade relations status--1032 Communications to Federal Agencies Belarus, memorandum on extension of normal trade relations status-- 1031 China, memorandum on extension of normal trade relations status-- 1032 Clean water protection, memorandum--1004 Vietnam, memorandum on extension of normal trade relations status-- 1031 Executive Orders Amending the Civil Service Rules Relating to Federal Employees With Psychiatric Disabilities--1046 Greening the Government Through Efficient Energy Management--1021 Interviews With the News Media Interview with Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer on ``Good Morning America''--1033 Letters and Messages Youth violence and media marketing, letter to the Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission Chairman--1011 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Resignations and Retirements Federal Reserve System, Board of Governors Chair, statement--1029 Peace Corps Director, statement--1012 Statements by the President See also Resignations and Retirements American Airlines Flight 1420, crash landing at Little Rock National Airport--1019 China, extension of normal trade relations status--1030 Statements by the President--Continued National economy--1046 South Africa's national election--1046 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1048 Checklist of White House press releases--1048 Digest of other White House announcements--1047 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1048 [[Page 1003]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1003-1004] Monday, June 7, 1999 Volume 35--Number 22 Pages 1003-1048 Week Ending Friday, June 4, 1999 The President's Radio Address May 29, 1999 Good morning. This holiday weekend, when millions of Americans are taking to beaches and lakes and trails, I want to talk to you about new ways we can work together to protect the natural treasures we all share. Today I'm speaking to you from the banks of the St. Mary's River in northern Florida, near the Georgia border, in one of the most impressive nature preserves Hillary and I have ever seen. Our visit here reminds us once again what a gift it is to spend time outdoors, to walk among tall trees, to see wild animals and rare birds, to watch the Sun set and the stars come out over a beautiful river. It also makes us appreciate the generations of Americans who fought to preserve the parklands and the beaches we all enjoy today. For the past 6 years, Vice President Gore and I have worked hard to advance the ethic of environmental stewardship. We've protected more than a million acres in the spectacular red rock canyonlands of Utah, in priceless stands of ancient redwoods in California. We've reduced toxic air pollution from chemical plants by 90 percent and cleaned up more toxic waste sites than were cleaned up in the previous 12 years. We saved Yellowstone Park from the threat of nearby gold mining, and we've taken major steps to protect our water resources, from the precious Florida Everglades to the tap water our children drink. Today I'm proud to announce three new executive actions to improve the quality of our water and the health of our families. First, I'm directing the National Park Service and other agencies to expand public health protections on the thousands of miles of stunning beaches managed by the Federal Government, including Cape Cod, Cape Hatteras, and California's Point Reyes. And I challenge the States to improve their water quality standards. Second, I'm directing the EPA to develop stronger measures to prevent sewage spills, the major cause of beach closures. Third, I'm directing all Federal agencies to adopt a comprehensive strategy to better safeguard rivers and other bodies of water on Federal lands. Of course, there are other important environmental and public health challenges we must address. The balanced budget I submitted to Congress earlier this year contains historic investments to improve the quality of life, save more land, and deal with the challenge of climate change by helping communities protect farmlands, parklands and other green spaces, rewarding consumers who buy cars and houses that reduce greenhouse gas pollution, controlling polluted runoff to lakes and streams, and improving the quality of air we breathe. Unfortunately, even as we work to raise the level of environmental stewardship for the 21st century, some in Congress are intent on rolling back many of the gains we've already make in this century. With little fanfare, the leadership in the House and the Senate just released spending guidelines that would impose drastic cuts in environmental protection and public health. These cuts could stall toxic waste cleanups and undermine our efforts to ensure safe drinking water, to improve air quality, and to combat the threat of global warming. They could even force us to shut down some of our national parks. What's more, we've already seen troubling signs that Congress again will try to gut environmental protections by tacking provisions called riders on to their budget bills. I urge Congress to end these sneak attacks on our environment once and for all. We often speak of building a country where our children have an opportunity to do even better than we've done. In part, of course, we refer to the economy, the opportunities we create for our children to secure a good education, a good job, and raise a [[Page 1004]] family in a safe neighborhood with good schools, but we also refer to our natural world. We know our children cannot do better tomorrow if we're willing to squander precious environmental resources today. More than ever, the American people recognize the inherent value of pristine peaks, unspoiled beaches, clear and safe water. They believe in the value of environmental stewardship. I think all of us believe in the value of that stewardship. Now is the time, on the edge of a new century, for us to unite as Americans and chart that course of stewardship. We must work together to leave our land, in the words of Theodore Roosevelt, ``an even better land for our descendants than it is for us.'' Thanks for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 2:34 p.m. on May 28 at the White Oak Plantation in Yulee, FL, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on May 29. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on May 28 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1004-1005] Monday, June 7, 1999 Volume 35--Number 22 Pages 1003-1048 Week Ending Friday, June 4, 1999 Memorandum on Clean Water Protection May 29, 1999 Memorandum for the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Subject: Clean Water Protection Fifteen months ago, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, my Administration set forth a vision for a new generation of clean water protection through our Clean Water Action Plan. The Action Plan strengthens protections for our Nation's waters, addresses the remaining sources of water quality impairment, and provides the tools and resources that States, Tribes, and communities need to control pollution on a coordinated basis throughout their watersheds. The Action Plan recognizes that despite significant progress, the challenge for all of us in protecting our Nation's waters remains unfinished. The health of our people continues to be threatened by exposure to harmful organisms in our waters; consumption of fish from many of our waters presents a threat to the most vulnerable among us; polluted runoff has for too long eluded remedy using conventional
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