Serial No. 115-61: Air Quality Impacts of Wildfires: Perspectives of Key Stakeholders, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, October 4, 2017   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the October 4, 2017 hearing on "Air Quality Impacts of Wildfires: Perspectives of Key Stakeholders," held before the Subcommittee on Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. From the opening statement of John Shimkus: "This subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Clean Air Act, and, for that reason, we frequently hold hearings about EPA regulations and policies designed to address air pollution. Today, we will address a source of air pollution so bad that it accounts for some of the Nation's worst air quality episodes, and that is the wildfires occurring across the U.S., especially out West. While most of the focus during and after these fires is on the ecological and economic harm and the loss of life, the public health impacts from these wildfire air emissions also deserve congressional attention. The statistics are staggering. So far this year, there have been almost 49,000 wildfires in the United States, destroying nearly 8.5 million acres. And the emissions from these fires can have serious impacts on air quality over a range that can stretch for many miles. As a result, millions of Americans can be exposed to pollutants found in wildfire smoke, sometimes for extended periods of time. [...] In looking for solutions to these wildfires and the resulting air quality impacts, it is important to note how much greater wildfire risks are on Federal lands as compared to state or private lands. Often the largest and most polluting fires originate or involve Federal lands. Many point to active management of state and private forests as a reason behind their relatively lower risk of catastrophic wildfires. There are a number of preventative measures that have a proven track record for reducing both the extent and severity of wildfires. Where these measures are used, we see a much lower risk." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Bailey, Jim Karels, Knox Marshall, and Christopher Topik.

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