Inslee requests $2.25 million in earmarks for Bainbridge-based efforts

U.S. Rep Jay Inslee (D-Bainbridge Island) has requested $2.25 million worth of assistance for Bainbridge-based projects in the 2010 federal budget.

The earmarks would help build another phase of the Japanese-American internment memorial and assist a Bainbridge-based company design a method to combat E.coli contamination in meat.

Below are the earmark descriptions from Insleeā€™s Web site:

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial
The proposed recipient, and address of the recipient:
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial Committee
P.O. Box 10355
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

The amount of the request:
$750,000

An explanation of the request, including purpose:
The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial is currently being constructed. In fiscal year 2010, the memorial hopes to design and produce interpretative materials for visitors and obtain architectural designs for the remaining portions of the memorial yet to be completed, including a visitor center. Funding is requested only for the interpretative materials and the architectural designs, not the construction of the visitor center.

Why is this request a valuable use of taxpayer funds?
While looking towards the future, it is vitally important to remember our nations past. On May 8, 2008, the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Monument Act was signed into law. This important bill made the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial a national historic site, becoming a part of the National Park Service as a satellite unit of the Minidoka (Idaho) National Historic Site. The funding will be used to honor those citizens who suffered through this dark period and to educate those who visit this historic monument.

Ozone Intervention System for E.Coli
Proposed Recipient and Address:
Ozone International LLC
12685 Miller Road, NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Request Amount:
$1,500,000

Purpose of Request:
The project will develop and demonstrate a commercial system using high-pressure ozonated water for the large-scale cleaning and sanitizing of hide-on beef carcasses to eliminate/reduce E.coli and other pathogens from the military beef supply. This project is intended to demonstrate a unique and cost effective process to make beef safe for military and civilian consumption.

Why is this project a good use of taxpayer funds?
E.coli contamination of the beef supply causes illness, deaths and financial losses in the U.S. each year.