Clean Air/Clean Water

I believe that all people have the right to breathe clean air and to drink clean water.  As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I am committed to protecting and building on the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act to reduce pollution, improve public health, and protect our natural resources from degradation. 

I am a longtime defender of the Great Lakes, which represent 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water.  I have lived by Lake Michigan my entire life and am regularly engaged with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Army Corps of Engineers, and local authorities to protect it from pollution, invasive species, and those who would consider drilling in the Lakes for oil.  We must act aggressively to protect finite water resources for this and future generations.

I have also worked hard to reduce mercury use and emissions, which are especially harmful to infants and can undermine a developing child’s ability to walk, take, read, write and comprehend.  I introduced legislation to reduce mercury emissions and am a strong supporter of new EPA standards to reduce mercury pollution.  Those new standards will prevent up to 570 premature deaths in Illinois along, while creating up to $4.7 billion in health benefits in 2016. 

By reducing pollution, the Clean Air Act will help us address childhood asthma and improve public health.  It is also good for our economy, with $30 in measurable health and economic benefits for every $1 spent to reduce pollution by complying with EPA standards.

I will continue to work to improve our air, water and other natural resources and against actions to weaken environmental protection. 

Resources

Guide to the Clean Air Act

More on Clean Air/Clean Water

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, voted for H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive forward-thinking package which invests $1.5 trillion to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure while creating millions of good-paying jobs, tackling our global climate crisis and addressing disparities throughout the country. H.R.

April 15, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Representatives Bobby L. Rush (IL-01), Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Robin Kelly (IL-02), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Sean Casten (IL-06), and Jesús G. "Chuy" García (IL-04) released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will not strengthen the particulate matter national air quality standard:

February 11, 2020 Video

President Trump is trying to cut protections for our air, land and drinking water, while 21 million Americans are forced to use unsafe water supplies.

February 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, released a statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year (2021) budget proposal and the devastating impacts it would have on Older Americans and families across the United States:

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