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.

Projects and Programs

Recent Activity

CommentAug 14, 2018 - 10:15am

Comments to EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers Regarding "Definition of “Waters of the United States”-Recodification of Preexisting Rule"

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce submits these comments in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“the Corps;” collectively, “the Agencies”) supplemental proposal to rescind the 2015 definition of “Waters of the United States” (“2015 Rule”) and recodify the preexisting regulations and applicable guidance

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.

LetterJul 18, 2018 - 9:00am

Key Vote Alert! - H.R. 6147, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the Chamber’s recommendations for H.R. 6147, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019.

LetterJul 16, 2018 - 4:30pm

New Source Review Permitting Reform Discussion Draft

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in support of the New Source Review Permitting Reform Discussion Draft that was the subject of the Committee’s May 16, 2018 hearing.

CommentJul 09, 2018 - 11:00am

National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Comments

Chamber members operate at all stages of the nation’s food supply chain and many food products marketed today contain bioengineered (BE) ingredients. It is imperative that AMS promulgates a standard that provides regulatory certainty for the food supply chain, allows consumers to obtain more information if they want it, and protects the biotechnology industry from harmful and stigmatizing mandatory warning labels.

LetterJun 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

S. 2602, the "Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act"

This was letter was sent to all members of the United States Senate in support of S. 2602, the "Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act."

LetterJun 13, 2018 - 4:45pm

FY 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee ahead of their markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

LetterJun 07, 2018 - 5:15pm

H.R. 5895, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

This letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives as they begin to consider H.R. 5895, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019.

LetterJun 06, 2018 - 11:15am

H.R. 8, the "Water Resources Development Act of 2018"

This letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 8, the “Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA).”

LetterJun 05, 2018 - 10:15am

Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee ahead of their markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.