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January 2007

Hillary Clinton named chair of Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has been named chair the Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health. As chairman, Senator Clinton will have jurisdiction over a 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 United States 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 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.” said Senator Clinton.


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