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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Vitter Summary Statement for Hearing on Various Nominations
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works “Hearing on the Nominations of Rhea Sun Suh, Victoria Baecher Wassmer, Thomas A. Burke, and Roy K.J. Williams”
Thank you, Chairman Boxer for convening today’s hearing. I would also like to thank our nominees for being here. I would be remiss if I did not express my concern over the scope of this hearing as the Chairwoman has called four Presidential nominees from three distinct agencies. This scope should warrant a more thorough Committee review than this rushed end of the year hearing. Unfortunately, the nature of our current Senate is that we have had a limited opportunity to do appropriate oversight. Because that is the case, I’d like to take this opportunity to review some significant concerns about the failure of the Committee to fulfill its oversight role before I specifically discuss our nominees.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ranking Member Vitter Hearing Summary Statement
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety “Oversight Hearing on Domestic Renewable Fuels”
Ranking Member Vitter Hearing Summary Statement for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety “Oversight Hearing on Domestic Renewable Fuels”
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2013 Year End Review: A Continued Commitment to Sound Science, Conservation, and Fishermen
During 2013, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans, and ranking member U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), continued a commitment to sound science, conservation, and fisherman by taking various steps to conserve and improve the quality of the fisheries, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ICYMI: Washington Times Editorial "Rules from the Obama air force"
Regulators plan unprecedented barrage of red tape in the new year
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, has been working to increase transparency at the administration, and criticized the attempt to hide the recent release of their semiannual Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Unified Agenda), which was released right before the Thanksgiving holiday. The Fall 2013 Agenda lays out 134 rules specific to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Vitter said these new rules listed in the Unified Agenda will have a substantial impact on the future of this country’s energy production and independence.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vitter Summary Statement for NRC Oversight Hearing
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”
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Eye on the EPA: EPA’s Takeover of the “Waters of the U.S.”
Expanded water jurisdiction could lead to EPA controlling Americans’ backyard puddles…
The U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) proposed a draft guidance in April 2011, defining the “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and giving EPA broad authority over regulating bodies of water, even on private property. Since the draft has been proposed, there has been significant criticism surrounding the guidance’s expansive interpretation of CWA jurisdiction. Instead of clearly abandoning the contemptuous guidance document outright, EPA has since doubled-down on one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history, with the development of a new rule that would give the federal government outright permitting authority over virtually any wet area in the country and would provide a new tool for environmental groups to sue private property owners.
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Monday, November 18, 2013

ICYMI: Vitter on Fox News "Goal is to Shine Sunlight on Obama Administration to Have Openness & Transparency"
Yesterday, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined Fox News’ Shannon Bream on America’s News HQ to discuss the Obama Administration's problems with transparency, specifically focusing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and their reluctance to share documents and communication behind major regulatory decisions that affect millions of Americans.
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Friday, November 15, 2013

ICYMI: InsideEPA "Environmentalists Fight 'Sue-and-Settle' Bill Ahead of Looming Floor Vote"
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has been scrutinizing the Obama Administration's problems with transparency, specifically focusing on secret "sue-and-settle" deals that Administration officials will make with far-left environmental groups to enact unnecessary and burdensome regulations without any input from those who will be affected, including States, local governments, and private citizens.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Vitter Statement before House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on TSCA Reform
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, will testify at the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing today. Vitter will testify in support of legislation he coauthored with the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) to update the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976. Vitter’s legislation is entitled the Chemical Safety Improvement Act.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

ICYMI: Vitter Presses for Answers on EPA’s Involvement in Secretive Process for Social Cost of Carbon Estimates
During yesterday’s Environment & Public Works Subcommittee on Oversight hearing, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) pressed Sarah Dunham, Director of the Office of Atmospheric Programs within the Office of Air and Radiation for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for substantial answers on the Agency’s involvement in developing the Administration’s updated Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) estimates. Ms. Dunham admitted that her office assisted the Interagency Working Group, providing technical analysis and modeling for developing the SCC estimates. As these estimates are used to justify the benefits of Agency rulemakings, Sen. Vitter wants to know who this anonymous group of people includes, what exact role they played in the broad interagency effort, and wants the EPA to be more transparent in how these estimates were developed.
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