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 27, 2015 Press Release

On Sunday, August 23, I was interviewed by Bill Cameron for his show, Connected to Chicago that airs on WLS-890AM.

Topics included the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Clean Power Plan, O'Hare airport noise, the Rauner budget cuts, the Papal visit and 2016.

Click here to listen to the interview.

June 29, 2015 Press Release

CHICAGO – Today, the Supreme Court issued a decision overturning the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule on mercury emissions. Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement:

June 18, 2015 Press Release

Today, Pope Francis released the Papal Encyclical, calling on all of us to address the global crisis of climate change.  But the Encyclical was not the only religious document this week calling for bold action.  The Rabbinic Letter demonstrates that leaders in the Jewish faith share the commitment to meeting perhaps the greatest challenge of our time.

June 2, 2014 Press Release

Chicago, ILToday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new proposed rule that would require significant emissions reductions from existing power plants.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

January 31, 2014 Press Release

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response to the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement:

“The State Department’s Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement significantly underestimates the emissions and climate impacts of the pipeline, mistakenly assuming that without Keystone XL, the Alberta Tar Sands would be produced at the same rate.