Excerpt: We are concerned that shortages of methyl bromide and viable methyl bromide alternatives will have a potentially devastating impact on growers in California, Florida, the southeastern United States, and other parts of the country, who have been attempting to transition to alternatives to methyl bromide. If this issue is not addressed, it will result in the offshoring of significant crop production to other countries, resulting in economic and job losses in the United States.
Excerpt: Further, data provided by CMS to the Committee raises concerns about the adequacy of these contractors in identifying fraudulent payments. We seek further information to better understand the performance of these contractors and ways to improve the performance.
To read EPA's response to the committee's May 24, 2012 inquiry on RIN Fraud, click here.
Letters to GAO Regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security AdministrationJune 26, 2012 | Letter
Excerpt: In reports requested by this Committee on safety and security problems at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, for example, GAO has repeatedly documented weaknesses in those sites’ performance self-assessment programs To read the letter regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory, click here.
Excerpt: We ask that you undertake a study that focuses on coordination among contractor efforts and CMS efforts to oversee these contractors to ensure that they are working efficiently and effectively while guaranteeing that beneficiaries are receiving care to which they are entitled. To read the letter, click here.
Excerpt: The Committee on Energy and Commerce is investigating whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is complying with Federal safety requirements in its operation of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, also known as CDC Building 18, a $214 million Biosafety Level 3 germ lab facility used for experiments involving anthrax, dangerous strains of influenza, the SARS coronavirus, monkeypox and other microbes with bioweapons potential