Rep. Young Introduces Volcano Monitoring Legislation
Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young introduced H.R. 4847 March 17, which would provide for the establishment of the National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System. This bill is the House version of the same bill introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski.
"We all saw the disruptions caused by Mount Redoubt last year," said Rep. Young. "Hundreds of flights were canceled, and Alaskans lived in a smoky fog for weeks. Fortunately, such inconveniences were the only result of Redoubt's continued eruptions but we never know what the future holds. No one thinks of volcanoes when they think of the vast Alaskan landscape, but Alaskan volcanoes make up over three-quarters of U.S. volcanic eruptions, and the United States is only third in the world when it comes to active volcanoes. By making this investment into safety and well-being of those living in these areas, we can reduce the chances of a tragedy in the future."
This legislation will establish a National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System within the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to monitor, warn, and protect citizens from avoidable harm from volcanic activity. The USGS will coordinate a management plan with other relevant federal departments including the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.