House OKs $3 million for study, monitoring of Pfiesteria outbreak

October 09, 1997|By CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON -- The House approved $3 million yesterday to fight Pfiesteria, the fish-killing microbe. The money would go to research and monitoring efforts supervised by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The funds were attached to the agency's funding bill by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat. The bill passed 405-21, and awaits Senate approval.

The proposal is one of three congressional efforts aimed at discovering why the microbe assumes its toxic form and how the toxins affect people. Pfiesteria is blamed for killing fish and sickening people on the Eastern Shore.

Last month the House approved $7 million for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That money, championed by Maryland Reps. Wayne T. Gilchrest, a Republican, and Steny H. Hoyer, a Democrat, would be used to set up a multistate tracking effort.

The House version of a third funding bill includes $3 million for research and to help states during a Pfiesteria outbreak.

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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