Energy and Commerce Committee

Environment and Climate Change


Nuclear Power – A Key Solution to Cleaner Energy

03.22.2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that nuclear power plants in the United States generated more electricity in 2018 than ever before.  In fact, the United States still ranks as the world’s largest producer of nuclear power, but further investment and innovation should be encouraged in this emissions-free energy source.

While EIA projects net electricity generation from U.S. nuclear power reactors will fall in the coming years, nuclear power still accounts for roughly 20% of U.S. electricity generation.  The Trump Administration has made the...

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EPA Administrator Wheeler Discusses Importance of Safe Drinking Water

03.21.2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center where he discussed global water issues, including the importance of safe drinking water. The access to clean and safe drinking water is a worldwide crisis with millions suffering from a lack of clean water.

At the event, Wheeler stated, “Right now, up to 2.5 billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water and, as a result, proper sanitation. This fact leads to anywhere from one to three million deaths every year.”

Even though...

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What They’re Saying: House GOP Leaders Demand Hearings on the Green New Deal

03.15.2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, 11 House Republican committee leaders pushed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a letter and at a press conference to schedule hearings on the Green New Deal.

Axios: Top House Republicans are urging Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold hearings on the Green New Deal as they seek to cast the progressive policy as bad for poor Americans.

POLITICO Pro: Eleven committee ranking members argued the proposal’s goals would drive up energy prices, health care costs, home prices and hurt the job...

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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.