Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois

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. 


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More on Clean Air/Clean Water

August 2, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip and member of the Safe Climate Caucus, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that it intends to roll back fuel economy and emissions standards (known as CAFE standards) for cars and trucks. Rep. Schakowsky also joined Rep.

May 3, 2018 Press Release

Today, the former Naval Air Station (NAS) Glenview, now known as “The Glen”, was named by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of four winners of the first annual “Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse” awards.

April 22, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement to mark Earth Day 2018 and announced the reintroduction of the Water, Cosmetics, and Unwanted Pharmaceuticals (Water CUPS). The Water CUPS Act, H.R. 5548, seeks to examine the impacts of prescription drugs and cosmetics entering our drinking water supply:

March 30, 2017 Video

This week, Republicans have ceaselessly attacked the EPA and undone regulations designed to protect our air, water, and public lands. Through his Executive Order earlier in the week, President Trump has replaced the Clean Power Plan with his own Dirty Power Plan. Today, House Republicans voted to pass H.R. 1431, a bill that would stifle the voices of scientists advising the EPA, and lent a microphone to corporate polluters. By doing so, they have further cemented their place on the wrong side of history.

December 14, 2015 Press Release

Today, negotiators in Paris reached a major climate agreement. Rep. Schakowsky issued the following statement in response:

"I thank and commend President Obama, Secretary Moniz, Secretary Kerry, their staffs, and our global partners who achieved this monumental agreement. I believe it will go down as one of the crowning achievements of the 21st Century.