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Energy and Commerce Committee

Environment and Climate Change


Subcommittee Leader McKinley Opening Remarks in Recycling Hearing

06.30.2022

Washington, D.C. — In the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee hearing today, Subcommittee Republican Leader David B. McKinley (R-WV) delivered the following opening remarks during a hearing on recycling and Democrats’ attempts to ban the manufacture of critical plastics.

Excerpts and highlights from his prepared remarks:

DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO BAN PLASTICS

“We all know solid waste is a problem, whether it’s tires, papers, plastics, or batteries. And it’s been a problem for decades.

“Government-led efforts to recycle generally started in the 60s.

“The government was trying...

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Leader Rodgers: Banning Plastic will Make Supply Chain and Inflation Crisis Worse

06.30.2022

Washington, D.C. — Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered remarks in today’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change hearing on recycling and Democrats’ attempts to ban the manufacture of critical plastics.

Excerpts and highlights from her prepared remarks:

RESTORING TRUST IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT

“First, I want to address the Supreme Court decision today that confirmed EPA has been acting outside its statutory authority when issuing overreaching rules on the nation’s power sector.

“This decision is a victory for Article I and representative government.

“It's...

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Rodgers and McKinley’s Statements on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Limits to EPA’s Authority

06.30.2022

Washington, D.C. — Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the Supreme Court’s ruling in West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which affirmed that the Executive Branch cannot usurp Congress’s Article I power to write the nation’s laws.

“I am pleased to see the Supreme Court recognized and upheld Congress’s Article I authority. When Congress acts to address major policy questions affecting Americans and their livelihoods, it says so clearly, explicitly. It does not hide sweeping...

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Environment and Climate Change

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.