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Tonko Spearheads Hearing on Protecting Americans from Toxic Substances

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON, DC—Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul D. Tonko led a hearing today examining the effectiveness of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts over the years to improve chemical safety and protect public health. Watch Rep. Tonko’s opening statement HERE and read remarks as prepared for delivery: Five years ago, t...

Tonko, Pallone Praise Biden EPA’s PFAS Roadmap

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON, DC—Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following joint statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new roadmap for tackling PFAS contamination and exposure: “PFAS contamination has plagued our communities and exposed our families to toxic ch...

Tonko Hosts EPA Administrator Regan on Visit to Capital Region

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Rep. Paul Tonko

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, welcomed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan to the Capital Region this week to attend a series of events showcasing key priorities the Congressman has championed on clean water infrastructure, scientific integrity and environmental justice. “De...

Tonko Announces Passage of Bipartisan “PFAS Action Act” in House

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko helped lead House action today ahead of a decisive 241–183 vote to advance H.R. 2467, the PFAS Action Act, bipartisan legislation that tackles per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination. Today’s vote marks the first time the bill has passed as a bipartisan standalone bill this term, handing responsibility to the Senate to move the bill forward onto...

Tonko Leads Congressional Hearing on CLEAN Future Act Superfund Provisions

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, led the subcommittee today in a hearing on Superfund provisions and how the CLEAN Future Act works to protect communities from polluted sites more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Watch Rep. Tonko’s full opening statement HERE or read below: OPENING REMARKS In 1980, Co...

Tonko Leads Congressional Hearing on Environmental Justice Bills

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, led the subcommittee in a legislative hearing on facilitating the nation’s clean energy transition and promoting environmental justice to protect vulnerable communities. The 11 bills examined during the hearing included Tonko’s Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our N...

Tonko Joins Bipartisan Group Introducing Legislation to Plant 1.2 Billion Trees

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko teamed up with colleagues in the House and Senate this week to introduce the Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees (REPLANT) Act, bipartisan legislation that would help the U.S. Forest Service plant 1.2 billion trees in national forests and support the creation of nearly 50,000 jobs over the next ten years. “The reforestation we can achiev...

Tonko Re-Elected to Co-Lead Clean Energy & Climate Change Coalition

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change Paul D. Tonko (NY-20) and Representatives Doris Matsui (CA-6) and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) announced today their re-election today as co-chairs of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) by fellow members. SEEC vice-chairs, Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-1), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Matt Cart...

Tonko Questions Former EPA Heads on Restoring Agency’s Mission

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko questioned former EPA leaders and other experts during a hearing today exploring ways the agency can rebuild itself to better advance its founding mission of protecting human health and the environment. The hearing was held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Remarks can be read below: BRIEF REMARKS As we have heard to...

Tonko, Pallone, Rush Introduce Landmark Legislation to Combat the Climate Crisis

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Rep. Paul Tonko

Washington, DC—Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul D. Tonko (D-NY), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) today introduced the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act, ambitious new climate legislation that ensures the United States acts aggressively to ta...

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