Expert Profile

Karen Steuer

Senior Director, Government Relations
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Karen Steuer joined Pew in 2008 and directs government relations activities for all environmental projects.

Steuer has extensive experience in environmental work in Washington, D.C., dating to 1991, when she served as deputy staff director for the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Subcommittee on Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation and the Environment. She has served as a special assistant to Rep. William Delahunt of Massachusetts; as director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Program on Commercial Exploitation and Trade in Wildlife; as an independent consultant on environmental and wildlife issues with Green Answers; and as vice president, government affairs, for the National Environmental Trust.

Steuer holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Goddard College.

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March 7, 2012

Industrial Agriculture Needs Rules for Waste

The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure and the perfect example of a national problem. With nearly 12,000 miles of shoreline spanning six states and the District of Columbia, the estuary has suffered from nutrient pollution for decades, a significant part of it emitted by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in the watershed.

January 4, 2012

‘Big Chicken’ Report Cites Pollution Issues (Winter 2012 Trust Magazine Briefly Noted)

Chicken is now the most popular meat in the United States, but producing such a vast number of birds to feed this appetite has created pollution problems in several states.

November 17, 2011

Family Farmers Lose Out in Agriculture Bill

The Pew Environment Group issued the following statement in response to a Congressional vote to approve an appropriations measure that derails long-needed reform to help independent family farmers across the United States.

July 27, 2011

Big Chicken: Pollution and Industrial Poultry Production in America

Broiler chickens are produced by the millions in industrial facilities concentrated in just a handful of states, and much of the waste they produce ends up polluting the nation’s waterways.

May 3, 2011

Industrial Animal Agriculture is Not a Pretty Picture

A heated debate is under way in Minnesota over legislation that would criminalize the production or possession of videos of animal agricultural facilities. This bill follows on the heels of similar efforts in Florida and Iowa that aim to provide enhanced shielding from scrutiny for only one industry: large-scale animal agriculture.

February 15, 2011

Budget Cuts Tap out Safe Drinking Water

Karen Steuer, Director of Government Relations for the Pew Environment Group, wrote an article on industrial animal agriculture operations and water pollution for The Hill's Congress Blog.

November 22, 2010

Comments from the Pew Environment Group Urging the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration to Restore Competition and Contract Fairness to Livestock and Poultry Markets

Newly proposed rules by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration  are the first steps on a path to restoring a much needed level of fairness to the structure of animal agriculture in the US. These practical rules will open up opportunities for independent farmers to find buyers who will pay a fair price for the animals they choose to raise humanely and under conditions that protect public health and natural resources.

July 26, 2010

Letter from the Pew Environment Group to Members of Congress Urging Reforms of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Oil Pollution Act

A letter to Members of Congress calling for significant reforms of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Oil Pollution Act.

June 23, 2010

Letter from the Pew Environment Group and Ocean Conservancy to Members of Congress Regarding the Need for a Legislative Response to the Gulf Oil Spill

A letter from Marilyn Heiman of the Pew Environment and Janis Jones of the Ocean Conservancy to members of Congress regarding the need for action to address the Gulf Oil Spill.

June 17, 2010

Final Senate OCS Reform Community Letter

The BP Deepwater Horizon disaster highlights the urgency of passing comprehensive climate change and clean energy legislation that puts America back in control of its economic, national security, and environmental future. There is no time to delay in passing legislation that breaks our nation’s addiction to oil, helps win the clean energy race, and holds corporate polluters accountable.

November 25, 2008

Letter from the Pew Environment Group to Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi Regarding Global Warming

A letter to Congressional leaders on the topic of global warming.

October 31, 2008

Experts: Possible Farm-to-Locker-Room Link for Staph Infection

An article from the Public News Service about industrial farming.

July 16, 2008

Statement from Karen Steuer, Pew Environment Group, on Antibiotic Use Reporting Requirements

Karen Steuer, director of government operations for the Pew Environment Group, today issued the following statement in response to the House Energy & Commerce Committee mark up of the Animal Drug User Fee Act:

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