Environment and the Economy

Chairman:  John Shimkus (IL-15)
All matters related to soil and water contamination, including Superfund and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the regulation of solid, hazardous, and nuclear wastes, including mining, nuclear, oil, gas, and coal combustion waste; emergency environmental response; industrial plant security, including cybersecurity; the regulation of drinking water (Safe Drinking Water Act), including underground injection of fluids (e.g., deep well injection or hydrofracking); toxic substances (Toxic Substances Control Act); noise; and all aspects of the above-referenced jurisdiction related to the Department of Homeland Security.



John Shimkus (IL), Chairman
Gregg Harper (MS), Vice Chairman
Ed Whitfield (KY)
Joe Pitts (PA)
Tim Murphy (PA)
Bob Latta (OH)
David McKinley (WV)
Bill Johnson (OH)
Larry Bucshon (IN)
Bill Flores (TX)
Richard Hudson (NC)
Kevin Cramer (ND)
Fred Upton (MI) (Ex Officio)


Paul Tonko (NY), Ranking Member
Kurt Schrader (OR)
Gene Green (TX)
Diana DeGette (CO)
Lois Capps (CA)
Michael F. Doyle (PA)
Jerry McNerney (CA)
Tony Cardenas (CA)
Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ) (Ex Officio)

May 29, 2015 | Press Release

WASHIGNTON, DC –The Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a markup beginning on Tuesday, June 2, at 5:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building to consider legislation that aims to reform chemical management and modernize and reform a key federal agency.

May 27, 2015 | Fact Sheet


May 27, 2015 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders this week formally introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act to help improve chemical safety and management. H.R.

May 18, 2015 | Blog Post

The Western Governors’ Association last week wrote to House and Senate leaders urging both chambers to take up and pass legislation to improve EPA’s rule for coal ash management and disposal. EPA’s final rule fails to provide clarity for job-creators and lacks the necessary enforcement authority to protect human health and the environment.

May 15, 2015 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today received an update on the nation’s nuclear waste management policy, hearing from a panel of diverse witnesses who underscored the urgent need to deal with this pressing problem.

May 14, 2015 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy today unanimously approved the bipartisan TSCA Modernization Act by a vote of 21 to 0. The draft now advances to the full committee.