Clinton Named Chair of Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health

Date: November 17, 2006

Source: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

Today, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton welcomed the appointment to chair the Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health. As chairman, Senator Clinton will have jurisdiction over a significant portfolio of environmental laws and programs. The subcommittee's purview includes the Superfund hazardous waste cleanup program, the brownfields redevelopment program, and environmental health issues such as exposure to toxic chemicals. The subcommittee is part of the Environment and Public Works Committee, on which Senator Clinton has served for six years. The full Environment and Public Works Committee has jurisdiction over most environmental issues and oversees the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The full committee also has jurisdiction over the nation's highway system and the water infrastructure work of the Corps of Engineers.

"I am looking forward to chairing this subcommittee, which will enable me to focus on improving programs to clean up and redevelop contaminated sites in New York and across the country," said Senator Clinton. "I also plan to look closely at ways to strengthen laws designed to protect our families from exposure to toxic chemicals, such as lead and mercury. Senator Boxer will be a strong leader of the Environment and Public Works committee, and I plan to work closely with her on the full committee to begin to tackle global warming and the many other environmental challenges we face."

Senator Clinton is also a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as well as the Armed Services Committee. She was also appointed to Vice Chair of Committee Outreach within the Democratic Leadership for the 110th Congress.

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