Energy & Commerce Committee Cautions NRC Chairman to Follow Commission Procedures to Ensure Thorough, Thoughtful, and Deliberate Review of Task Force Recommendations
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) are spearheading a committee effort to ensure Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko follows proper commission procedures when considering task force recommendations. The six-member NRC panel last week released, "Recommendations for Enhancing Reactor Safety in the 21st Century - The Near-Term Task Force Review of Insights From the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Accident."
Energy and Power Subcommittee Begins Review of Pipeline Safety Bill with Testimony from Pipeline Regulators
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power today continued its examination of pipeline safety with a legislative hearing on the discussion draft of the "Pipeline Infrastructure and Community Protection Act of 2011."
Recent pipeline safety incidents have drawn attention to the safety and state of our nation's pipeline infrastructure. The draft legislation aims to enhance protection of public safety and the environment while allowing for the economical delivery of vital energy supplies.
Members at today's hearing questioned representatives from the U.S. Pipeline...
Energy and Commerce Leaders Probe Administration on Greenhouse Gas Rules
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) called on the Environmental Protection Agency today to provide information on its current and proposed rules to regulate greenhouse gases. Earlier this year, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders requested information specifically related to the agency's implementation of New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for sources that emit greenhouse gases. Today's letter seeks additional information on EPA's plans to regulate...
Subcommittee Seeks Solutions to Regulatory Chaos
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today discussed the impacts of federal regulations on jobs and the economy. Members received detailed testimony from industry representatives and welcomed suggestions for legislative solutions.
Witnesses from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business, and American Farm Bureau Federation testified on the real-life consequences of these regulations on industry and American consumers. Members and witnesses agreed that regulations are necessary to...
Subcommittees Launch Comprehensive Review of Internet Privacy
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), and the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), today kicked off a hearing series on privacy issues to examine how information is collected, protected, and utilized in an increasingly interconnected online ecosystem. Today's hearing featured testimony from the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. These agencies provided an overview of existing privacy regulations and standards...
Committee Issues Subpoena After Obama Administration Refuses to Provide Documents 122 Days After Request
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today voted to subpoena documents from the Office of Management and Budget relating to the Department of Energy's issuance of a loan guarantee to Solyndra, Inc. OMB is responsible for reviewing and approving the Credit Subsidy Costs of all DOE loan guarantees. The motion passed by a party line vote 14 to 8 and the subpoena must now be filed with the House Clerk before being served to OMB, which is expected within 24 hours.
Committee Approves Job-Saving Coal Ash Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - The Energy and Commerce committee today took action to protect hundreds of thousands of American jobs by approving legislation to ensure the continued beneficial use of coal ash materials.
After months of bipartisan negotiations, the committee passed H.R. 2273, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, with strong support by a vote of 35 to 12. The legislation, authored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), will strengthen management of coal combustion materials. The legislation is necessary to provide an appropriate regime for the safe management and...