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Tonko Condemns SCOTUS Ruling Drastically Limiting EPA’s Clean Air Act Authority

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today denounced the Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA that hamstrings the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to set the strong standards needed to cut carbon pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. “With each passing day, the radical Supreme Court makes ever clearer how far they have fallen,” Congressman Tonko said. “Today’s ...

SEEC, New Democrat Coalition, Congressional Progressive Caucus Call on President Biden to Reach a Deal on Legislation to Tackle Climate Change, Lower Energy Costs, and Ensure U.S. Energy Independence

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Washington D.C.—The Co-Chairs of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), Reps. Paul Tonko, Gerry Connolly, and Doris Matsui, along with the Chair of the New Democrat Coalition (NDC), Rep. Suzan DelBene and the Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Rep. Pramila Jayapal, sent a letter to President Biden urging him to do everything in his power to reach a deal an...

Tonko Clean Energy and Flood Control Priorities Advance out of House

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered the overwhelmingly bipartisan House advance of priorities he authored under H.R. 7776, the Water Resources Development Act, legislation that approves dozens of feasibility studies for water resources development projects across the nation. One of Tonko’s priorities calls on the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to assess the potential to...

Tonko Leads Hearing on Bringing Investments for America’s Brownfield Sites

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Environment and Climate Change subcommittee, led a hearing today highlighting the importance of restoring brownfield sites to spur economic growth and cheering the strong investments in the EPA’s Brownfields Program made under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Watch Rep. Tonko’s opening remarks HERE and read his statement as prepared for deli...

Tonko Questions Local Expert on NY-NJ Watershed Protection Bill

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko delivered remarks and questioned experts on his New York-New Jersey Watershed Protection Act during a subcommittee hearing today. Congressman Tonko’s bill was introduced in the Senate last week by Senator Cory Booker, alongside cosponsors Sens. Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Robert Menendez. Andy Bicking, Director of Government Relations and Publi...

Tonko Spearheads Hearing on Protecting Americans from Toxic Substances

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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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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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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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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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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...

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