Asbestos ban and energy issues go before some in Congress

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Back to work for Oklahoma’s U.S. Representatives and Senators who had a few days off with the extended Juneteenth holiday.

Sen. Jim Inhofe and others on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will meet Wednesday to hear from Michal Freedhoff, considered to be the Environmental Protection Agency’s point person on toxic issues.

Discussion will focus on the 2016 Toxic Substances Control Act amendments, one of which is a proposed ban of asbestos, one that is opposed by the chemical industry.

In the House, the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday to explore energy infrastructure legislation.

Half a dozen bills will be reviewed in the hearing entitled “Legislative Hearing to Strengthen Energy Infrastructure, Efficiency, and Financing.”

Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin is a member of the full House committee but not the Energy subcommittee.

Among the bills to be considered at the Wednesday hearing:

H.R. 1599, the “Securing America’s Critical Minerals Supply Act” 

H.R. 5292, the “Energy Accountability Act” 

H.R. 7947, the “Weatherization Enhancement and Readiness Act of 2022”

H.R. 7962, “To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to modify the definition of water heater under energy conservation standards and for other purposes”

H.R. 8053, the “Guaranteeing Resilient Installations for Defense Act” or the “GRID Act”

H.R. 8068, the “Tribal Energy Investment Act of 2022”


Andrew deLaski
Executive Director
Appliance Standards Awareness Project


Richard (“Rico”) Frias
Executive Director
Native American Finance Officers Association

Dustin Mulvaney, Ph.D.
Environmental Studies, San Jose State University

Joshua C. Greene, Esq.
Corporate Vice President
Government and Industry Affairs, A.O. Smith Corporation

Lucian Pugliaresi
Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC)

Ben Lieberman
Senior Fellow
Competitive Enterprise Institute