Environment

The environment is the economic lifeblood of the North Country and it is crucial that the right choices are made now to protect New York, the United States, and the planet for future generations. The six million acres that comprise the Adirondack Park are filled with dozens of waterfalls, over thirty thousand miles of streams and rivers, and over 1500 miles of trails. The federal government must recognize the challenges that climate change and invasive species present to New Yorkers as residents of an ecologically diverse state and inhabitants of an interconnected planet.

New Yorkers have seen first-hand the destruction pollution can cause. The Adirondacks continue to recover from acid rain and they are also experiencing more instances of extreme weather. This impacts public safety and the economic security of the North Country.

There are approximately 50,000 non-native invasive animal and plant species that have been introduced to the United States, resulting in economic costs estimated at more than $100 billion annually. Due to New York’s position as the gateway to the Great Lakes and a center of international shipping trade, New York has been a point of entry for many aquatic and land-based invasive species.

As a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, the leader of the House Republican Climate Resolution, and the Co-Chair of the House Invasive Species Caucus Congresswoman Stefanik is committed to consensus driven legislation to address our nation’s environmental and energy challenges. Congresswoman Stefanik believes that these solutions must be formed by the legislative branch in a way that is economically viable and puts the United States on the best possible footing to lead. By working with residents, state, and local governments the Federal Government can protect the environment while growing the economies of both the North Country and the United States.
 

Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.Res. 195 – Expressing the Commitment of the House of Representatives to Conservative Environmental Stewardship

H.R. 1357 – Stamp Out Invasive Species Act

H.R. 344 – Forest Legacy Management Flexibility Act

H.Res. 170 – Expression the Commitment of the House of Representatives to Work to Combat the Nationwide Problem of Invasive Species Threatening Native Ecosystems

Legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R. 2326 – Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017

H.R. 468 – Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2017

H.R. 1026 – North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act

H.R. 502 – To Permanently Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

H.R. 2983 – Stop the Asian Carp Now Act of 2017

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More on Environment

January 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has signed onto a letter to the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting critical funding for the Great Lakes region be considered as the USACE develops its work plan for fiscal year 2020. The letter requests that the USACE include funding for projects to keep Asian carp, an invasive fish species, from reaching the Great Lakes, and additional funding for the construction of barriers to prevent their spread.

January 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted in favor of the bipartisan PFAS Action Act. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate PFOS and PFOA as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), or Superfund. It would also require the EPA to make a CERCLA determination on all remaining PFAS chemicals within five years and develop a drinking water standard.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following the House passage of FY2020 Appropriations to keep the government open:

December 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter to House Leadership and House Appropriations Leadership with six of her colleagues expressing opposition to the Administration’s proposed weakening of the MATS rule. This comes as appropriators continue to negotiate a final spending package for Fiscal Year 2020, under the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations. The MATS rule was issued by the EPA in 2011 and limits the amount of mercury and other toxic air pollutants emitted by power plants.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik offered an amendment along with Congressman John Katko (NY-24), Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), and Congressman Joe Morelle (NY-25) to the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act. Their amendment adds “harmful algal bloom development research” to the list of topics the U.S. Geological Survey can include in the research they are directed to conduct under the Great Lakes Fishery Research title of the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act.

December 6, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has cosponsored the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act to provide tax credits for biomass heating appliances. This legislation adds high efficiency biomass thermal technologies to the list of renewable energy technologies that benefit from investment tax credits under section 25D and Section 48 of the tax code. The BTU Act only qualifies the most efficient and advanced technologies for the credit.

November 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Following the letter Congresswoman Stefanik and Congressman Brindisi sent to Governor Cuomo earlier this month requesting a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA), this week FEMA will begin working with state and local officials to conduct a thorough assessment of the damage from the devastating storms that occurred on October 31.

November 7, 2019 Press Release

New York Members Send Bipartisan Letter to Governor Urging Swift Action

Brindisi & Stefanik: We believe all necessary steps must be taken to determine if federal assistance may be available to aid in the recovery process

Following the devastating floods in New York, Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik called on Governor Cuomo to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make sure the affected communities have access to the resources they need.

August 19, 2019 Press Release

Waddington, N.Y. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik spoke at the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament over the weekend in Waddington on the St. Lawrence River for her 1,000th Constituent District event since taking office in January 2015. This tally does not include meetings with constituents in Washington, D.C. The 5th annual Bassmaster Elite Series was a weekend long event, and Congresswoman Stefanik attended and spoke on Military and First Responder Appreciation Day. She spoke about the importance of the St. Lawrence river to the North Country economy and recognized St.