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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Representing the 12th District of Michigan

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February 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today sent a letter to Howard Mac McMillan, executive director of the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), asking that Spectra Energy’s request for a special permit to waive odorization requirements for the NEXUS pipeline be denied at this time. Odorizing natural gas makes it easier for citizens living in the vicinity of the pipeline to detect any leaks. 

February 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today released the following statement following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to conduct a preliminary assessment of the Gelman dioxane plume in Ann Arbor to determine whether it qualifies for federal Superfund cleanup. 

January 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) responded to U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell’s January 17th letter seeking answers about the water quality in many Downriver communities. Last week, Dingell’s office received reports of both people and their pets becoming ill after drinking water with discoloration, taste and odor issues. MDEQ Director C.

January 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCCongresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) issued the following statement today in response to the Trump Administration’s directive to temporarily freeze all grant funding issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): 

January 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today sent a letter to Governor Rick Snyder and Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) CEO Sue F. McCormick regarding recent reports of odor, taste and discoloration issues in the tap water in many Downriver communities. Over the weekend, Dingell’s office received reports of both people and their pets becoming ill after drinking the discolored water. Dingell is seeking information about the source of the discoloration and steps that are being taken to ensure the water is safe.

January 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Dave Trott (MI-11) introduced the Preserve Our Lakes and Keep our Environment Safe (LAKES) Act, which would require the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) to terminate the operation of Enbridge’s Line 5 should a 12-month comprehensive study required by the legislation find the pipeline poses a significant risk.

January 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Recently elected to her second term serving Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) was appointed by her colleagues yesterday evening to serve on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (E&C) in the 115th Congress. The influential E&C Committee has broad jurisdiction over issues including commerce and trade, energy policy, environmental quality, telecommunications, consumer protections, automotive safety and health care.

December 22, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama signed into law the bipartisan Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act introduced by U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Candice Miller (MI-10), and Darin LaHood (IL-18) to provide critical resources and funding to conserve and restore fish and wildlife in the Great Lakes. The legislation was included as a provision of S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, and it reauthorizes the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act for the first time since 2006.

November 29, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 1,4-dioxane will be among the first ten chemicals evaluated under new reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 

November 29, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy urging EPA to list the open waters of Lake Erie’s Western Basin as impaired under the terms of the Clean Water Act. The area continues to experience a decline in water quality due to high levels of nutrients that are producing harmful toxic algal blooms, which pose a serious health risk for residents.