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

CommentMar 12, 2018 - 4:15pm

Multi-Association Comments to USACE on Proposed Guidelines for Establishment of New Mitigation Banks in Fort Worth District

TO: Mr. Brent JasperRegulatory Project Manager/Mitigation Banking CoordinatorRegulatory Branch, CESWF-DE-RU.S. Army Corps of EngineersP.O. Box 17300Fort Worth, TX 76102-0300 Ms. Jennifer MoyerChief, Regulatory ProgramHeadquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers441 G Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20314-1000

CommentJan 25, 2018 - 10:00am

Comments to EPA on Approaches for Identifying Potential Candidates for Prioritization for Existing Chemicals Risk Evaluation under Amended TSCA

VIA ELECTRONIC FILINGTO: The Honorable E. Scott PruittAdministratorU.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20460

CommentJan 19, 2018 - 3:45pm

Comments to EPA on New Chemicals Review Program under the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

VIA ELECTRONIC FILINGTO: The Honorable E. Scott PruittAdministratorU.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20460

CommentDec 13, 2017 - 1:30pm

Comments to EPA and USACE on Addition of Applicability Date to 2015 Clean Water Rule

VIA ELECTRONIC FILINGThe Honorable E. Scott PruittAdministratorU.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20460 Mr. Ryan A. FisherActing Assistant SecretaryDepartment of the Army, Civil Works108 Army PentagonWashington, D.C. 20310

CommentNov 07, 2017 - 3:00pm

Comments to EPA on Proposal to Withdraw Proposed Determination on Pebble Mine

VIA ELECTRONIC FILINGTo: The Honorable Scott PruittAdministratorU.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.Washington, DC 20460Re: Withdrawal of the Proposed Determination for the Pebble Mine in Alaska (EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369)

CommentSep 27, 2017 - 3:30pm

WAC Coalition Comments to EPA and USACE on Proposed Repeal of 2015 Clean Water Rule (WOTUS)

Comments of the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC) on the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Proposed Repeal of 2015 Clean Water Rule and Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203 I. Introduction

CommentSep 25, 2017 - 2:00pm

Comments to EPA and USACE on Proposed Repeal of 2015 WOTUS Rule

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING The Honorable E. Scott PruittAdministratorU.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20460 Mr. Douglas W. LamontSenior Official Performing Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the ArmyDepartment of the Army, Civil Works108 Army PentagonWashington, D.C. 20310

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.