Energy and Commerce Committee

Environment and Climate Change

9 Cool #’s to Know on Yucca Mountain


WASHINGTON, DC – A bipartisan group of Congressional members recently visited Yucca Mountain, the location deep in the Nevada desert where scientists say is the safest place to store nuclear waste.

Last July, then-Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) also led a bipartisan delegation of Energy and Commerce Committee members to Yucca Mountain to learn firsthand about the repository and how it presents the best solution to America's nuclear waste problem.

In the 115th Congress, the House passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act (NWPAA), authored by Rep. John Shimkus,...


E&E: House Democrats have little to show on climate


WASHINGTON, DC – The headline says it all. After nine months in the majority, all Democrats have to show on...

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Walden Remarks at Hearing on “Building America’s Clean Future: Pathways to Decarbonize the Economy”


WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) delivered the following opening remarks at a Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change hearing on “Building America’s Clean Future: Pathways to Decarbonize the Economy.”

As Prepared for Delivery

Yesterday, our Majority leadership held a press conference to outline their plans for decarbonizing the United States by 2050. And today we are reviewing some potential paths to achieve this goal.

What decarbonization really means for consumers and workers in terms of policy prescriptions remains to be seen, but we should look very carefully...

Press Release

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.