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Letter to Chairman Upton and Chairman Shimkus

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Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green sent a letter to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus calling for a hearing on legislative proposals to modernize the manifest system for shipment of hazardous waste.

"This legislation would modernize the shipment and storage of hazardous waste, offering greater protection for communities, first responders, and the environment, while offering significant savings to industry and states," said Rep. Waxman.

"The House should work swiftly to pass this common sense bipartisan legislation that will reduce the burden of paperwork for businesses and modernize the Environmental Protection Agency's hazardous waste tracking process," said Rep. Green.

Last year, the Senate passed S. 710, legislation to create an electronic manifest system, and Reps. Waxman and Green urge Chairmen Upton and Shimkus to work to expedite its passage through the Committee and the House.

January 19, 2012

The Honorable Fred Upton
Chairman
Energy and Commerce Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable John Shimkus
Chairman
Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
2125 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Upton and Chairman Shimkus:

We are writing to request a hearing on legislative proposals to modernize the manifest system for shipment of hazardous waste.

Legislation to establish an electronic manifest system for hazardous waste would help ensure hazardous waste is properly disposed of, enhance compliance with the Resources Conservation Recovery Act, and help reduce compliance costs for industry and states. This concept has been supported by chemical companies, state agencies, and environmental organizations.

On August 2, 2011, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S. 710, legislation which would create an electronic manifest system. This legislation, as well as previous versions of it, has been subject to multiple hearings in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. S. 710 is nearly identical to legislation introduced by Representative David Price in the 111th Congress.

S. 710 falls within the jurisdiction of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee, but the Subcommittee has yet to hold either an oversight hearing or a legislative hearing on this issue. We believe the Subcommittee should hold hearings on this legislation and then work to expedite its passage. A legislative hearing will allow members the opportunity to understand the implementation and impact of a shift to electronic waste manifests. It will also allow us to hear from stakeholders on significant differences between legislative proposals, such as the question of whether the distribution of user fees should be subject to the appropriations process.

This is important legislation that deserves a prompt hearing and fast action by the Committee and the House.

Sincerely,

Henry A. Waxman
Ranking Member

Gene Green
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy


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