Environmental laws like the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Food Quality Protection Act improve America’s environment and protect public health. These landmark laws have helped provide Americans cleaner air, cleaner water, and safer food. While these environmental laws have been successful, a number of recent investigations for members of Congress by the Special Investigations Division have highlighted ongoing environmental problems.
New documents and testimony obtained by the Committee show that EPA career staff unanimously supported granting California’s request for a waiver to enforce its greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and trucks. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson also supported granting the petition, at least in part, until he communicated with the White House.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Johnson, Chairman Waxman requested copies of analyses performed by EPA to evaluate transportation sector global warming pollution reductions needed to meet climate goals.
In a letter to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Dudley, Chairman Waxman urged the release of a pending rule to protect endangered right whales from being killed by ships, and released documents indicating that the rule’s delay may be due to baseless objections raised by White House officials.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Johnson, Chairman Waxman requested that he be prepared to testify regarding the recently released Union of Concerned Scientists Report documenting extensive and widespread political interference with the work of scientists at EPA.
Today on Earth Day, three Congressional leaders on climate and energy issues laid out principles for any effective legislative solution to the challenge of global warming. Chairman Henry A. Waxman, Chairman Ed Markey and Rep. Jay Inslee released “Principles for Global Warming Legislation,” which are designed to provide a framework for Congress as it produces legislation to establish an economy-wide mandatory program to cut global warming emissions.
In a letter to Ranking Member Davis, Chairman Waxman responded to his request that the Committee investigate the role of President Clinton in the establishment of ozone standards set by the EPA in 1997 by detailing the Congress’ exhaustive examination of the issue that occurred at the time of the decision.
Chairman Waxman issued a subpoena to compel the White House Office of Management and Budget to provide documents relating to EPA’s recent decision to establish ozone air quality standards that disregarded the recommendations of EPA staff and EPA’s independent scientific review committee.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Johnson, Chairman Waxman urged Johnson to exercise EPA’s authority to block a proposed determination by the Army Corps of Engineers that could result in significant water quality degradation in the Los Angeles River Basin.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Johnson, Chairman Waxman expressed his concerns that an EPA proposal could expose significant populations in the United States to contamination levels in drinking water up to three times what the law now allows.
Chairman Henry A. Waxman today issued a subpoena to compel EPA to provide unredacted copies of documents involving the White House that have been improperly withheld from the Committee regarding EPA’s decision to reject California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Johnson, Chairman Waxman requested information regarding the extent and effects of EPA’s numerous losses in federal court on EPA rules that the courts found were contrary to law.
Following an unsatisfactory response to an earlier letter sent to EPA Administrator Johnson, Chairman Waxman requests clarification of a proposed regulation that threatens to allow increased air pollution in the National Parks and other clean air areas.
In a letter to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Susan Dudley, Chairman Waxman reiterated the Committee’s request for documents related to the rejection of expert recommendations for ozone air quality standards.
Chairman Henry A. Waxman released a statement in response to a letter from EPA Administrator Johnson.
Chairman Waxman issued a subpoena to compel EPA to provide unredacted copies of documents that have been improperly withheld from the Committee regarding EPA’s decision to reject California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.
A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) effort to close regional and research libraries around the country has been plagued by managerial problems.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Johnson, Chairman Waxman requested an explanation for EPA’s decision to adopt national ambient air quality standards for particulate matter and ozone contrary to the recommendations of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.
Senior EPA officials have told the Committee that after the agency concluded in December that CO2 emissions were a danger to the United States and proposed significant cuts in motor vehicle emissions, the agency’s regulatory efforts were halted.
In a response to a letter from Chairman Waxman, RUS stated that it would not fund any new coal-fired power plants until it can calculate and apply a factor to reflect financial risks.
Today Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Chairman Edward J. Markey introduced H.R. 5575, the “Moratorium on Uncontrolled Power Plants Act of 2008.” The legislation addresses the largest new source of global warming pollution — new coal-fired power plants that are being built without any controls on their global warming emissions.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Johnson, Chairman Waxman requested documents that have been improperly withheld from the Committee regarding EPA’s decision to reject California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In a letter to the Rural Utilities Service, Chairman Waxman and Rep. Jim Cooper asked how RUS is addressing the financial risks of building new coal-fired power plants without emissions controls for greenhouse gases, when RUS provides taxpayer-subsidized loans for such plants. Failure to account for costs these plants may face for future carbon controls would put taxpayer dollars at risk.
After the Committee raised questions about the conduct of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and its then-director, Dr. David Schwartz, the Director of the National Institutes of Health announced there would be a comprehensive review of Dr. Schwartz’s conduct and Dr. Schwartz resigned.
Chairman Waxman issued a subpoena to compel the EPA to provide unredacted copies of a key presentation EPA staff made to Administrator Johnson in October 2007 about California’s regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, Chairman Waxman urged the agency to reject a proposed rule that would make it easier to build large, new polluting facilities near national parks and wilderness areas without installing adequate pollution controls. Chairman Waxman also requested an explanation of how the flawed proposal was approved and why the concerns identified by EPA’s key technical staff were ignored.
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