Environment

As top Republican on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, I will work with my colleagues to promote a common-sense and balanced approach to a fact-based energy and infrastructure policy that harnesses the power of America's job creators to grow and maintain a strong economy. My focuses include:

  • Holding the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other federal agencies accountable to President Obama’s promise that his Administration would become “the most open and transparent in history”
  • Ensuring that federal agencies consider the comprehensive economic cost versus environmental benefit before creating and enacting new rules and regulations that affect businesses, land owners, states, and counties
  • Requesting that future rule-making is based on sound science before implementation

Latest

  • Vitter: Obama’s Climate Agenda Threatens Flood Insurance Prices for Louisianians

    (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, sent a letter to President Barack Obama, regarding the Administration’s recent efforts to develop expansive new federal floodplain management standards based on preconceptions in the President’s Climate Action Plan. The Obama standards could drastically change floodplain maps, which would inevitably affect flood insurance rates.

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  • Vitter Continues to Push EPA for Information on Open-Burn Process at Camp Minden

    (Shreveport, La.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today continued to press the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) regarding their decision to use an open-burn process to remove explosives at Camp Minden in Minden, Louisiana. The EPA’s response provided background analysis on the open-burn process, but Vitter remains concerned about health and safety of northwest Louisiana residents. Vitter is still waiting for a response from LDEQ.

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  • ICYMI: Camp Minden burn needs greater EPA assurance (Shreveport Times)

    We are asking the EPA and its state colleagues to present clear, scientific data before they burn any explosives. Folks in the surrounding areas deserve to understand the agency’s decision to use the open burn process, see any data the EPA has collected about this method, and know the steps and procedures that will be used to protect public safety throughout the disposal process.

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  • Vitter, Louisiana Members Question EPA on Camp Minden Explosives

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today joined members of the Louisiana Congressional delegation in writing to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) regarding their decision to use an open-burn process to remove explosives at Camp Minden in Minden, Louisiana. The Members of Congress are concerned about whether the open-burn process will pose safety threats to Louisianians.

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  • Vitter Passes Major Legislation as Top Republican on Senate Environment Committee

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, made the following statement regarding the passage of several major bills through the Committee and Senate on infrastructure and environmental policy. Vitter has also led the introduction of several other significant pieces of legislation.

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