Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is the primary Senate global warming battleground in the fight between America and the Carbon Lobby. One of the most important results of the 2006 mid-term election was that progressive Democrat Barbara Boxer replaced conservative anti-environmentalist James Inhofe as committee chair.

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Members, 110th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:


Contents

Jurisdiction

Air pollution; construction and maintenance of highways; environmental aspects of Outer Continental Shelf lands; environmental effects of toxic substances, except pesticides; environmental policy; fisheries and wildlife; environmental research and development; flood control and improvements of rivers and harbors, including environmental aspects of deepwater ports; noise pollution; nonmilitary environmental regulation and control of nuclear energy; ocean dumping, public buildings and improved grounds of the United States generally, including Federal buildings in D.C.; public works, bridges, and dams; regional economic development; solid waste disposal and recycling-, water pollution; and water resources. Comprehensive study and review of matters relating to environmental protection and resource utilization and conservation.


Legislation to Watch

S. 24-110A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require a health advisory and monitoring of drinking water for perchlorate.
January 4, 2007: Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


S. 150-110A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to protect the health of pregnant women, fetuses, infants, and children by requiring a health advisory and drinking water standard for perchlorate.
January 4, 2007: Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


S. 167-110A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to require the Secretary of Energy to provide grants to eligible entities to carry out research, development, and demonstration projects of cellulosic ethanol and construct infrastructure that enables retail gas stations to dispense cellulosic ethanol for vehicle fuel to reduce the consumption of petroleum-based fuel.
January 4, 2007: Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read the second time and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


S. 272-110A bill to amend Public Law 87-383 to reauthorize appropriations to promote the conservation of migratory waterfowl and to offset or prevent the serious loss of important wetland and other waterfowl habitat essential to the preservation of migratory waterfowl, and for other purposes.
January 11, 2007: Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


S. 280-110A bill to provide for a program to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by establishing a market-driven system of greenhouse gas tradeable allowances, to support the deployment of new climate change-related technologies, and to ensure benefits to consumers from the trading in such allowances, and for other purposes.
January 12, 2007: Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


S. 309-110A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, and for other purposes.
January 16, 2007: Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


S. 317-110A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to establish a program to regulate the emission of greenhouse gases from electric utilities.
January 17, 2007: Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


Daily Kos Diaries

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Week in Review, Jan. 22, 2007

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Week in Review, Feb. 4, 2007

News

Hearing on Global Warming and Wildlife15:51, 12 February 2007 (PST)

Boxer Asks Bush to Hold Global Warming Summit15:51, 12 February 2007 (PST)

Boxer Blasts EPA Rollbacks in Hearing 19:30, 6 February 2007 (PST)

Bush Budget Undermines Environmental Protection 19:34, 6 February 2007 (PST)

Boxer Opening Statement on Global Warming Hearing Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Hearing on Senators' Perspectives on Global Warming, 15:08, 30 January 2007 (PST)

YubaNet.com Boxer has introduced two bills that will help protect the American public from drinking water contaminated by the toxic chemical perchlorate. (1/5/7)

ENS Boxer statement that Environment and Public Works Committee will scrutinize how the EPA has tried to weaken rules for smog. (1/2/7)

Sanders/Leahy Global Warming Bill Diary from Daily Kos by Patrick Kennedy (1/16/7)

Committee Staff

  • Marc Morano, (former) Communications Director (working for Sen. Inhofe? Still there as of Jan. 2007?)

(add more staff here)

(202) 228-3102 dir./(202) 302-7086 cell

Committee Websites

Subcommittee Websites

Clean Air and Nuclear Safety

Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global Warming and Wildlife Protection

Public Sector Solutions to Global Warming, Oversight, and Children’s Health Protection

Superfund and Environmental Health

Transportation and Infrastructure

Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security, and Water Quality

Other Websites

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittees:

Public Sector Solutions to Global Warming, Oversight, & Children’s Health ProtectionTransportation & InfrastructurePrivate Sector & Consumer Solutions to Global Warming & Wildlife ProtectionClean Air & Nuclear SafetySuperfund & Environmental HealthTransportation Safety, Infrastructure Security, & Water Quality

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