U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | February 1, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Public raises safety concerns over proposed Cowlitz Tribe’s casino sewage system

In recent weeks, I sent a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, urging her agency to fully address public safety concerns stemming from the Cowlitz Tribe’s proposed casino sewage system. The current proposal for the mega casino includes a plan to inject millions of gallons of treated wastewater above the Troutdale Aquifer System which supplies 99% of the drinking water to Clark County. I wrote to express the deep concerns of the residents I serve, with what could be a serious potential threat to the groundwater resources of Clark County.  Read a full text of my letter to the EPA Administrator here.

Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act signed into law
Last month, Congress gave final approval to S.142, The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act. This bill requires child-resistant packaging for the bottles of liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. The rising popularity of e-cigarettes has expanded the product into a multi-billion dollar industry. Liquid nicotine, sold in small vials, is used in e-cigarettes by turning the liquid into a vapor for inhalation.

Unfortunately, we have seen a surge in the number of liquid nicotine poisoning cases in recent years. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), there were over 3,700 reported exposures to liquid nicotine to poison centers in 2014.

I am a proud supporter of S.142, and last week President Obama signed The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act into law.
Upcoming mobile veterans’ health care clinic dates in Raymond

For two years I urged the VA to bring its mobile medical unit to Southwest Washington. The VA responded to my calls for action and initially began deploying this mobile clinic to Raymond four times a year.

Due to its growing popularity among local veterans, the VA recently announced the mobile medical unit will be increasing its visits to our region every two months. Veterans can receive primary health care appointments and walk-ups, physical exams, flu shots and other immunizations, prescriptions labs and assistance in signing up for VA benefits.

The VA’s mobile medical unit coming to Raymond to provide primary health services to veterans.

Upcoming visits:
March 7-11
May 9-13
July 11-15
September 12-16
November 14-18

The American Legion
221 Duryea St
Raymond, WA 98577

If you are a veteran who is already registered within the VA system, walk-up appointments will be available without appointment. If you wish, you can also set up an appointment by calling 1-800-329-8387 ext. 71234 and ask for the mobile medical unit in Raymond. If you are not in the VA system, you can get help with initial registration at the mobile medical unit.

COLUMBIAN: Herrera Beutler letter challenges casino's wastewater plan

LONGVIEW DAILY NEWS: Herrera Beutler raises concerns over Cowlitz Tribe's proposed wastewater system

LONGVIEW DAILY NEWS: Herrera Beutler works to end EPA 'navigable waters' rule

SEATTLE TIMES: 'Really Big One' article puts NW earthquake risk on White House agenda

IRS Appointment Services
The IRS has expanded appointment services to Vancouver as part of an ongoing effort to eliminate lines and reduce frustration for taxpayers and for IRS employees wanting to assist them.

For more information, or to set up an appointment, call 1-844-545-5640 or follow the link to contact your local office.
Washington, DC Office
1130 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3536
Fax: (202) 225-3478
Vancouver Office
O.O. Howard House (Officers' Row)
750 Anderson Street, Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: (360) 695-6292
Fax: (360) 695-6197