Energy and Commerce Committee

Environment


Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act

09.25.2017

Spent nuclear fuel sits idle in 121 communities across 39 states because the country lacks a permanent geologic repository...

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Cmte Sends Letter to NHTSA, EPA on Transparent Fuel Economy Rulemaking Process

08.02.2018

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders sent a letter today to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting their transparent, deliberative process for proposing the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicle Rule, which addresses the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions standards for Model Years 2021-2026.

The letter, signed by full committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH), Subcommittee on Environment Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), and...

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Letter to NHTSA, EPA on Transparent Fuel Economy Rulemaking Process

08.02.2018

Excerpt: "This rushed determination by EPA represented a lack of commitment to the process set forth in 2012. Thankfully, this Administration resumed a transparent and open process and in March 2017, NHTSA and EPA announced they would reopen the Midterm Evaluation and work together as originally intended. This joint Notice of Proposed Rulemaking represents a commitment to a process that enables full consideration of up-to-date scientific data, market trends, technological advancements, and stakeholder input. We applaud NHSTA and EPA for this productive step and thank you for your leadership...

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Environment

Jurisdiction


All matters related to soil, air, noise and water contamination; emergency environmental response, both physical and cybersecurity. In particular, the subcommittee has jurisdiction over The Nuclear Waste Policy Act, The Clean Air Act, The Safe Drinking Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act – including Superfund and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, The Solid Waste Disposal Act, The Toxic Substance Control Act and The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program. Under the Clean Air Act, this subcommittee deals with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for criteria pollutants; National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Standards; New Source Performance Standards (NSPS); Mobile Source Standards for vehicles, aircraft, fuels and fuel additives, including the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles. The subcommittee focuses on the regulation of solid, hazardous, and nuclear wastes, including mining, nuclear, oil, gas, and coal combustion waste.