"At a time when the Bush administration is proposing the elimination of 150 federal programs, it is somewhat ironic that its final salmon plan released last November actually proposes $6 billion in additional spending just to continue with a recovery plan that will, in all likelihood, not do anything to increase wild salmon populations.
"Last week, President Bush spent the majority of his State of the Union Address talking about his Social Security privatization plan and the continued war in Iraq, and yet neither of these funding priorities appeared in his budget.
"The Inspector General's alarming report shows just how far the Bush administration will go to satisfy corporate polluters. The Bush administration must have realized scientists at EPA would never come back with the lenient rules it wanted, and that's why the administration rigged the process from the very beginning.
Washington, D.C. --- U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) today called on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to investigate allegations of illegal asset transfers by JCP&L. During discussions with BPU officials, the New Jersey congressman received assurances the board will conduct a thorough review of JCP&L's activities.