Content related to Environment and Energy

Format: 2014-11-20
Format: 2014-11-20
Nov 20, 2014
Bill
The Clean Air Act requires major new or expanding sources of air pollution to obtain permits with pollution limits before the facilities start construction.  These preconstruction permits ensure that a new or expanded facility will not increase local air pollution to levels that violate national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets for...
Nov 20, 2014
Floor Action
On November 20, 2014, the House considered H.R. 4795.  The House held general debate followed by debate on amendments offered.  The following Democratic amendment was offered: Rep. Henry A. Waxman - States that outdated air quality standards do not apply toward a preconstruction permit if the applicable federal, state, or local permitting agency determines that applying it...
Nov 19, 2014
Hearing
 The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing was titled “Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water.”
Nov 14, 2014
Bill
H.R. 5682 grants a regulatory earmark to TransCanada Corporation, effectively exempting TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from all federal permitting requirements, including requirements that apply to every other construction project in this country. Tar sands are a dirty, high-polluting fuel. On a life-cycle basis, tar sands crude produces up to 40% more carbon pollution than...
Nov 14, 2014
Press Release
Today Ranking Member Waxman released the following statement in response to the news that President Obama will announce a $3 billion U.S. contribution to the Green Climate Fund:
Nov 13, 2014
Floor Action
On November 13, 2014, the House passed H. Res. 748 by a roll call vote of 233 -185.  H. Res. 748 is the rule governing H.R. 5682, legislation that would approve the construction and operation of the TransCanada Keystone pipeline.  The House proceeded with an hour of general debate on H.R. 5682 and upon conclusion of debate, Rep. Lois Capps raised the motion to recommit the legislation...
Nov 11, 2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on President Obama and President Xi’s announcement of joint greenhouse gas reduction pledges.
Oct 10, 2014
Press Release
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse issued the following statement on the Department of Energy’s issuance of a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for carbon-neutral new federal buildings beginning in 2030:  
Sep 26, 2014
Bill
S. 276 reinstates an expired Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for a small hydroelectric power project in Idaho and gives the licensee three more years to commence construction on the project. On September 11, 2014, S. 276 passed the House by voice vote. The bill was signed into law by President Obama on September 26, 2014.