Energy and Commerce Committee

Environment


Committee Leaders Comment on Pruitt’s Decision to Rollback ‘Sue and Settle’ Policy

10.16.2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Environment Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today issued the following statement after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a rollback of the Obama administration’s favored practice of ‘sue and settle’ agreements.

“We applaud Administrator Pruitt’s decision to rollback another troubling relic of the Obama administration,” said Walden and Shimkus. “EPA’s ‘sue and settle’ policy committed the agency to undertake new rulemakings and circumvented legitimate oversight authority by Congress. Today’s decision is a win for transparency and...

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Walden, Upton, and Shimkus Comment on EPA’s Plan to Repeal Obama-Era Clean Power Plan

10.10.2017

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Energy Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Environment Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

“The committee has a long record of conducting oversight of EPA’s overreach under the Clean Air Act. Our work showcased how the Clean Power Plan stood on shaky legal ground and the Supreme Court agreed. The previous administration’s top-down approach out of the EPA exceeded the...

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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.