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Environment

The Chamber strongly supports continued environmental improvements, including sensible approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

We believe that economic growth and environmental progress are not mutually exclusive goals.

In fact, the United States is the only major country that has actually and substantially reduced its C02 emissions while continuing to grow our economy.

To make further progress, we should be guided by what has already worked: gains in efficiency, new technologies, and the increased use of natural gas and renewable fuels.

Recent Activity

ReportAug 08, 2017 - 3:30pm

Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Closed Doors

"Sue and Settle" refers to when a federal agency agrees to a settlement agreement, in a lawsuit from special interest groups, to create priorities and rules outside of the normal rulemaking process. The agency intentionally relinquishes statutory discretion by committing to timelines and priorities that often realign agency duties. These settlement agreements are negotiated behind closed doors with no participation from the public or affected parties.

Above the FoldAug 08, 2017 - 2:30pm
Steens Mountain in eastern Oregon.

EPA: Our Air is Getting Cleaner as Our Economy Grows

At the same time, the economy has grown, reminding us that environmental improvement and economic growth aren’t mutually exclusive.

Issue BriefAug 08, 2017 - 9:00am

Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards

The National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone is an outdoor air regulation established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act. Ground-level ozone is a gas that occurs both naturally and forms due to chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, which are emitted from industrial facilities, power plants, vehicle exhaust, and chemical solvents.

LetterJul 18, 2017 - 9:45am

Multi-Association Letter to Congress Supporting H.R. 806 and S. 263, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Ryan, and Minority Leaders Schumer and Pelosi:

LetterJul 17, 2017 - 5:30pm

Key Vote Letter to House Supporting H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

CommentJul 11, 2017 - 11:00am

Multi-Association Comments to EPA on Proposed Financial Responsibility Requirements under CERCLA 108(b) for the Hardrock Mining Industry

To: Barbara Foster and Michael Pease Program Implementation and Information Division Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery Mail Code 5303P U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, Dc 20460  

Above the FoldJun 28, 2017 - 10:00am
Ditch next to a planted field.

EPA Will Repeal Obama’s Land-Grabbing Water Rule

The Waters of the U.S. rule amounted to a massive grab of regulatory authority.

LetterJun 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

Hill Letter to House Energy and Commerce Supporting H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act

Dear Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone:  

Above the FoldJun 12, 2017 - 4:45pm
EPA headquarters.

EPA Delays Implementing Ozone Standard for One Year

Congress should still pass a delay of attainment designations to 2025.

LetterMay 25, 2017 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Response to Request for Information on Regulations for Reform

This is a letter from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President & Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley in response to Chairman Labrador and Vice-Chairman Johnson’s request to the Chamber for insight in identifying federal regulations and government processes, within the Committee’s jurisdiction, that are in need of reform as well as suggestions for reform.