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)

February 18, 2015 | Press Release

The Energy and Power Subcommittee and the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee have scheduled a joint hearing for Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “The Fiscal Year 2016 EPA Budget.” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will be the sole witness.

February 10, 2015 | ICYMI

Last summer, the residents of Toledo, Ohio, experienced a major water emergency due to an increased presence of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. This unwelcome situation left 500,000 people, including families, hospitals, and businesses, unable to drink tap water.

February 9, 2015 | ICYMI


February 3, 2015 | Press Release

The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy has scheduled a markup on Thursday, February 5, 2015, to consider H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act. The markup will begin immediately following the conclusion of the subcommittee’s hearing on the legislation.