Senator J. Kalani English
Senate Floor Majority Leader
State Capitol, Room 205
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 587-7225
PRESS RELEASE—Contact: Mele Carroll phone: (808) 587-7225
January 25, 2002
MAUI SENATOR PUSHES FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE EMERGENCY ENVIRONMENTAL WORKFORCE.
Today Senate Majority Floor Leader J. Kalani English (D—Wailuku, Kahului, Upcountry Maui) introduced SB 2900 to make an appropriation to continue the efforts of the emergency environmental workforce. The benefits are two-fold: the emergency environmental workforce established under Act 4, 2001 Third Special Session will be able to continue to help the economy by employing those who lost their jobs after the September 11th attacks, and will also continue the essential task of protecting our environment.
“The positive effects this program has already had on the environment are amazing,” Senator English said. “Without a doubt, this program is accomplishing its goal. I want to see it continue as long as there is an environmental and health threat in the State of Hawaii.”
He added, “I worked in the fields with the crews in Hana, and know first-hand the excellent job this program is accomplishing. I understand that on the Big Island, a day’s eradication output of this workforce is equal to what it took a whole year’s efforts prior to the establishment of this program.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Governor Cayetano visits Senator English’s Hana home to meet with Mike Woessner, the first documented dengue survivor, and to discuss the creation of the emergency environmental workforce program with the Senator. (November 20, 2001; Hamoa Village, Hana, Maui)