Energy and Commerce Committee

Environment and Climate Change

Walden Remarks at Hearing on Hydrofluorocarbons


WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) remarks at an Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee hearing titled, “Promoting American Innovation and Jobs: Legislation to Phase Down the Use of Hydrofluorocarbons.”

As Prepared for Delivery

This morning’s hearing will examine a bill that would mandate a rapid phase down, in the United States, of the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs.

These substances, which contribute to climate change when emitted into the atmosphere, serve many important uses, including as a very critical ingredient in cooling and refrigeration equipment throughout our...

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Walden and Shimkus Slam Democrats for Putting Politics Over PFAS Solutions


WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Republican Leader John Shimkus (R-IL) released the following statement slamming Democrats for putting politics over solutions to the country's PFAS challenges.

“Our Democratic colleagues are regrettably beginning the New Year with more of the same from last year: putting politics over progress. We have broad, bipartisan, and commonsense solutions to address the country’s PFAS challenges. Unfortunately, just as Democrats twice rejected a real opportunity to protect our drinking water from PFAS chemicals...

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What They Are Saying: House Democrats’ Partisan PFAS Bill DOA in the Senate


WASHINGTON, DC – What do firefighting foam, cell phones, medical devices, Kevlar, and solar panels have in common? They all contain chemicals. To be specific, they contain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances—or PFAS. This chemical is resistant to heat, oils, stains, grease, and water – making them very important to the above products.

E&C Republicans agree that we must protect public health and the environment from the challenges that PFAS can present, but the legislation the House of Representatives is considering this week—H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019—is not the...

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Environment and Climate Change


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.