Environment & Agriculture Committee | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Environment & Agriculture Committee

The Environment & Agriculture Committee develops Chamber policy related to the environment, agriculture, chemicals and water.


Chairman: Robert Agbede, President & CEO, Chester Group


Staff Executive: Ketih Holman, Policy Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

About the Committee

The Environment & Agriculture Committee develops Chamber policy related to the environment, agriculture, chemicals, and water.  Specifically, it is responsible for developing policies (other than the Clean Air Act and climate change) concerning the regulation of environmental quality, water quality, Superfund, solid waste, food safety, and nanotechnology to ensure that these regulations are efficiently undertaken and based on sound science and the best data available, consider actual health risks, and avoid unnecessary burdens.  The committee advocates for an effective environmental policy that does not harm the economy, and works to promote regulatory reforms and other safeguards against regulatory abuses by administrative agencies.

Read more about the Chamber’s 2017 priorities and 2016 accomplishments.

Issue Areas

Environment

  • Environmental Quality
  • Environmental Audits
  • Clean Water Act
  • Surface Water Quality
  • Groundwater
  • Waste Management
  • Superfund
  • Brownfields
  • Noise Emission Standards
  • Toxic Substances and Nanotechnology
  • Disclosure of Hazardous Substance Information
  • Marine and Estuarine Sanctuaries
  • Invasive Species
  • Coal Production and Transportation

Public Lands Management

  • Land Use Planning
  • Access Roads
  • Land Surveys
  • Payments in Lieu of Taxes
  • Adjudication of Administrative Decisions
  • Withdrawals and Reservations
  • Wilderness Areas
  • Buffer Zones
  • Non-Mineral Resources (forestry)
  • Nonfuel Minerals

Recent Activity

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  

LetterJun 20, 2017 - 11:30am

Key Vote Letter to House Supporting H.R. 1654, the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges you to approve H.R. 1654, the “Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act,” which would streamline the permitting process for new surface water storage projects. The Chamber may consider including votes on, or in relation to, H.R. 1654 in our annual How They Voted scorecard.

CommentMar 20, 2017 - 4:15pm

Comments to EPA on Proposed Procedures for Prioritization of Chemicals for Risk Evaluation under TSCA

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING TO: Dr. Jeffery MorrisActing Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7407M)U.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20460-0001

CommentMar 20, 2017 - 4:15pm

Comments to EPA on Proposed Procedures for Chemical Risk Evaluation under Amended TSCA

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING TO: Dr. Jeffery MorrisActing Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7407M)U.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20460-0001

CommentMar 15, 2017 - 3:30pm

Multi-Association Comments to EPA on Designation of Ten Chemical Substances for Initial Risk Evaluations under TSCA

TO: Ms. Sheila CanavanMail Code 7405MU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyOffice of Pollution Prevention and ToxicsWilliam Jefferson Clinton Building1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20460

CommentMar 13, 2017 - 4:15pm

Comments to EPA on TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING TO: Dr. Jeffery MorrisActing Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7407M)U.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20460-0001

Press ReleaseFeb 28, 2017 - 3:00pm

U.S. Chamber Praises Executive Order on Water Rule

Business Community Pleased to See “Federal Land Grab” Reconsidered

CommentJan 09, 2017 - 12:15pm

Comments to EPA on Request for Nominations for Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING TO: Mr. James JonesAssistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyAttn: 7101M1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20460-0001