Environment and Agriculture Committee

The Environment & Agriculture Committee focuses on the environment, agriculture, chemicals, and water. 

The Environment & Agriculture Committee focuses on the environment, agriculture, chemicals, and water. Specifically, the committee considers the regulation of environmental quality, water quality, Superfund, solid waste, food safety, and nanotechnology, focusing on whether these regulations are efficiently undertaken and based on sound science and the best data available, consider health risks, and avoid unnecessary burdens.

Issue Areas


  • 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

For questions, please contact the Global Energy Institute at 202-463-5558.

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseJul 01, 2019 - 2:45pm

Global Energy Institute Welcomes Chad Whiteman as Vice President of Environment and Regulatory Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The U.S. Chamber’s Global Energy Institute today announced the addition of Chad Whiteman as Vice President of Environment and Regulatory Affairs.  In this capacity, he is responsible for managing GEI’s engagement with members, Congress and regulatory agencies on emerging clean air policies as well as other energy and environmental issues.

Press ReleaseApr 11, 2019 - 3:30pm

Global Energy Institute Unveils American Energy: Cleaner, Stronger Agenda

New poll shows that voters support innovation-driven investments into American energy that bolster economic growth and environmental progress

Letters to CongressNov 27, 2018 - 11:00am

Water Infrastructure Provisions in the Farm Bill Reauthorization

This letter was sent to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, on water infrastructure provisions in the Farm Bill reauthorizations.

CommentAug 27, 2018 - 12:30pm

Comments on Proposed Action: Clean Water Act Hazardous Substances Spill Prevention

Submitted via www.regulations.gov August 24, 2018 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA Docket Center Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OLEM-2018-0024 Mailcode: 28221T 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460

CommentAug 20, 2018 - 5:15pm

Comments on Availability of Draft Toxicological Profile: Perfluoroalkyls

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CommentAug 20, 2018 - 5:00pm

Comments on Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act

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CommentAug 16, 2018 - 2:30pm

Problem Formulation Documents and General Guiding Risk Evaluation Principles"

The attached comments were submitted today to EPA regarding its notice, “Problem Formulations for the Risk Evaluations To Be Conducted Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, and General Guiding Principles To Apply Systematic Review in TSCA Risk Evaluations; Notice of Availability.”

CommentAug 14, 2018 - 10:30am

Comments of the Waters Advocacy Coalition on the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule and Recodify the Pre-Existing Rules

The Waters Advocacy Coalition (“WAC” or “Coalition”) writes to provide comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) (together, “the Agencies”) supplemental proposed rulemaking to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule (“2015 Rule” or “Rule”) and recodify the definition of “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) in place prior to the 2015 Rule. 83 Fed. Reg. 32,227 (July 12, 2018) (“Supplemental Repeal Notice”). The Coalition represents a large cross-section of the nation’s construction, real estate, mining, manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, energy, wildlife conservation, and public health and safety sectors – all of which are vital to a thriving national economy and provide much needed jobs. The Coalition’s members are committed to the protection and restoration of America’s wetlands and waters, and possess a wealth of expertise directly relevant to the Agencies’ supplemental proposal to repeal the 2015 Rule.

CommentAug 14, 2018 - 10:15am

Definition of “Waters of the United States”—Recodification of Preexisting Rule; Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The undersigned organizations support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) proposal to repeal the 2015 Rule Defining Waters of the United States (“2015 Rule”), and many of us are submitting individual comment letters detailing our reasons for supporting the proposal. We write this letter to separately address an issue of particular importance to all of us: the effect of the Supreme Court’s decision in Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 531 U.S. 159 (2001) (“SWANCC”). As EPA and the Corps move forward with this rulemaking, the agencies must recognize the limitations SWANCC imposes on jurisdiction.

Above the FoldJul 09, 2018 - 4:30pm
Pawns on a chess board

‘I Feel Like We’re the Pawns:’ Meet 3 Michigan Small Businesses Already Hurt by Tariffs

More than $2.3 billion in Michigan exports are vulnerable due to the emerging trade war, leaving business owners paying the bill.