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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Eye on the EPA: Robert Brenner's Role in John Beale Saga
In an effort to further inform the public on how convicted felon and former senior official of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), John Beale, got away with fraud and theft for at least thirteen years, EPW Republicans have conducted an exhaustive review of materials obtained through its own investigatory efforts to untangle the web of unaccountability that permeated the Agency. Former EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator Robert Brenner, Beale’s colleague and self-described “best friend” played a large role, either knowing or unknowing, in the Beale fraud.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Vitter Statement for Committee Business Meeting
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Business Meeting
Madame Chairman. I would like to begin by thanking you for holding today’s mark up. I’m pleased that we are able to begin the process of moving this important legislation through our Committee. As I mentioned in Tuesday’s hearing, the Committee process is a crucial part of the legislative process. I’m also pleased that we’ll be holding a markup next month on legislation that did not make it on the today’s agenda.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Eye on the EPA: Bob Perciasepe’s Role in John Beale Saga
In an effort to further inform the public on how convicted felon and former senior official of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), John Beale, got away with fraud and theft for at least thirteen years, EPW Republicans have conducted an exhaustive review of materials obtained through its own investigatory efforts to untangle the web of unaccountability that permeated the Agency. Former EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe supervised Beale in the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), serving as a strong advocate for Beale’s promotions and bonuses.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Eye on the EPA: Gina McCarthy’s Role in John Beale Saga
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vitter Summary Statement for Hearing Examining the Safety and Security of Water in West Virginia
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife “Examination of the Safety and Security of Drinking Water Supplies Following the Central West Virginia Drinking Water Crisis”
Thank you, Chairman Cardin, for convening this important subcommittee hearing today on the West Virginia chemical spill. My thoughts certainly go out to the more than 300,000 individuals affected by this accident and I hope that today’s panel can help us better understand the circumstances surrounding this spill to enhance response and prevention in the future.

I’d like to begin by commending Senator Manchin and all those who have worked tirelessly in the wake of this unfortunate spill. Senator Manchin, along with Senator Boxer and Senator Rockefeller, have introduced legislation in response to the spill, and while I am supportive of their efforts, I have some concerns with how their legislation is drafted which I have shared with Senator Manchin and his staff.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Vitter Summary Statement for Oversight Hearing of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety “Oversight Hearing: NRC’s Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendations and Other Actions to Enhance and Maintain Nuclear Safety”
Thank you, Chairman Boxer, for convening today’s hearing, and I would also like to thank our NRC commissioners for being so accommodating with your schedules after this hearing was postponed to facilitate the Majority’s vote on the nuclear option.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Eye on the EPA: EPA’s Evolving Story on McCarthy’s Role in Beale Fraud
EPA’s Evolving Story on McCarthy’s Role in Beale Fraud: Concerned about the Obama Administration’s growing inability to take responsibility for issues that would cast them in a negative light, the Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Republicans have researched and analyzed the Administration’s evolving characterization of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy’s role in uncovering fake CIA agent, John C. Beale, who stole from and defrauded the Agency for over 20 years. Indeed, when all the facts are on the table, it is clear that McCarthy “uncovered” and reported Beale’s fraud only after attempting to pass the buck to others at EPA and after mismanaging an office that enabled Beale’s fraud to continue unabated for years.
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Vitter Summary Statement for Hearing to Review the President's Climate Action Plan
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Hearing “Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan”
In 2013, the Committee failed to hold an EPA budget hearing and held only one climate hearing which excluded federal witnesses. Today’s hearing precedes an abundance of regulatory actions that are set to take place in 2014 that will further frustrate our already struggling economy -- only a fraction of the jobs economists had hoped for were created in December.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Eye on the EPA: “Polar Vortex” Edition
EPA to Place Restrictions on Residential Wood Heaters
Days before the nation hit record-breaking low temperatures, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed standards for newly manufactured woodstoves and heaters. The standards are expanded for the first time beyond woodstoves to include indoor and outdoor wood furnaces and boilers, fireplace inserts, and masonry heaters, making it expensive to change the way they are manufactured. Nearly 12 million U.S. households heat their homes with these aforementioned units.
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Monday, January 6, 2014

ICYMI: Vitter Op-Ed "Abuse of Endangered Species Act threatens American's private property rights"
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment & Public Works Committee, has been investigating the Administration's "sue and settle" strategy, which abuses the Endangered Species Act and is used to coordinate with environmental allies on new rules and regulations while usually excluding the public and other interested parties.
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