Environment & Energy
The environment — our air, our water, our land — is a sacred trust that we must protect and preserve for ourselves and future generations. Today, our planet is in peril because of climate change, which is already affecting Minnesotans and Americans.
As the Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I am a strong supporter of action on climate change and strongly oppose efforts to undermine our international commitments and turn the United States into an environmental rogue nation. In addition, I support full funding for environmental protections and oppose harmful efforts to weaken our bedrock clean air, clean water, and conservation laws. These are laws that protect the health of our families and our planet.
When it comes to energy, we must make smart decisions today to create green jobs and safeguard our environment. Instead of doubling down on fossil fuels, I support strategic investments in clean energy infrastructure, research, and education.
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WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) has sent a letter to Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting a copy of any written comments or concerns prepared by EPA staff regarding a Minnesota mine project be made public. Documents revealed through a Minnesota public records request make it clear that EPA career staff had planned to deliver written comments about the project’s permits to Minnesota regulators outlining their concerns.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, held a public hearing today to conduct oversight of the Trump administration’s actions during the 35-day partial government shutdown. Chair McCollum released the following statement:
Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) was officially confirmed as Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Upon taking the gavel, an urgent priority for Rep. McCollum will be to conduct oversight of the Trump administration’s actions during the shutdown concerning the Department of Interior, EPA, and other agencies.
Congresswoman McCollum released the following statement:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL, MN-04) and other Members of Congress released a letter sent January 18, 2019, to the Bureau of Land Management requesting an extension of the amount of time the public can comment on its plans to renew 10-year leases for Twin Metals, a company seeking to build a copper-nickel mine directly adjacent to the Boundary Waters.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL—Minn.), Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, which has oversight responsibility for the United States Chemical and Hazard Investigation Board, is leading a letter to request an interim public meeting for communities affected by the Husky Superior Refinery explosions earlier this year. Her cosigners on the letter include Senator Tammy Baldwin (D—WI.) Representative Rick Nolan (DFL—Minn.), Senator Amy Klobuchar (DFL—Minn.) and Senator Tina Smith (DFL—Minn.).
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Lead Democrat of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service, released the following statement after U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Forest Service will cancel the environmental review of the mining withdrawal of land adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA):
Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, is participating in a two day Congressional factfinding mission led by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands focusing on post-hurricane Maria federal recovery efforts.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), the Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after the House approved the FY2019 Interior-Environment appropriations bill:
Today, House Republicans passed an Interior-Environment appropriations bill that fails the American people. This bill cuts environmental protections; removes safeguards for our air, water, and endangered species; and allows rampant corruption at the Executive Branch to go unchecked.