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)

March 11, 2015 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), will hold a legislative hearing on a discussion draft of “H.R. ___, the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015,” next Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 10:15 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

February 27, 2015 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today held a hearing to examine Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) issues related to small and rural drinking water utilities.

February 25, 2015 | Letter

Excerpt: We are concerned about the legal and policy implications of any activities that may in any way affect the adequacy of the site for its statutorily required use for high level waste and spent nuclear fuel disposal, including any activity that could affect the pace of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's consideration of the Yucca Mountain license application. 

February 25, 2015 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy today held a joint hearing with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to review her agency’s FY 2016 budget request and priorities.

February 25, 2015 | ICYMI

EPA Administrator Testifying Before #SubEnergyPower and #SubEnvEcon NOW

February 24, 2015 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives today approved two pieces of bipartisan legislation as part of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s ongoing efforts to protect the public health and streamline government to better function in the 21st century.