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)

November 5, 2014 | Press Release

Upton: “I remain very optimistic and encouraged by the success that we have had over the past two years and look forward to seeing our #RecordOfSuccess grow.”

November 3, 2014 | ICYMI

In a recent editorial, the Chicago Tribune argues it’s time to move beyond the political roadblocks and open Yucca Mountain, particularly in light of the release of NRC’s critical safety report confirming that this long-term nuclear waste repository would

October 16, 2014 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today responded to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s release of Volume 3 of the Yucca Mountain Safety Evaluation Repor (SER).

October 1, 2014 | Press Release


October 1, 2014 | Letter

Excerpt: A recent water emergency in Toledo, Ohio left 500,000 people, including families, hospitals, and businesses, unable to utilize drinking water provided by the public water system without risking negative health effects. We are deeply concerned by any threat to the water supply, and we appreciate the time and information your agency has devoted as we seek answers.

August 26, 2014 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today applauded the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent announcement approving the final rule on the environmental effects of continued storage of spent nuclear fuel.