Brooks’ Bipartisan Re-Refining Bill Passes House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 1733, a bill introduced by Congresswoman Susan Brooks and Congressman Joe Kennedy (D-MA). This bipartisan bill directs the Secretary of Energy to review and update a federal report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricated oil. Congresswoman Brooks issued the following statement after today’s vote:
“I am proud the House of Representatives passed this bill with bipartisan support today because Americans across the country daily operate motor vehicles that rely on lubricated oil to run safely and efficiently. Our country is already re-refining lubricated oil through a process which rids the oil of harmful contaminants and restores the oil to its original effectiveness. Some of the nation’s largest vehicle fleets recycle used oil for re-refining and procure re-refined oil, including the Department of Defense, U.S. Postal Service, National Park Service, and state and local authorities.
“In order to fully understand the benefits of recycling lubricated oil, we need an up-to-date report from the Department of Energy that will provide members of Congress with updated information that will better allow us to develop energy saving and environmentally conscious policy in connection with how our nation uses and reuses lubricating oil. Having an updated report will also allow companies in Indiana and across the country to have a better understanding on how they can anticipate the needs of the federal government and provide the best quality product for American consumers.”