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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing titled “Outdoor Recreation: Vast Impact of the Great Outdoors,” U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) emphasized the critical tie between protecting the Clean Water Act, Land and Water Conservation Fund and other key environmental programs and supporting Michigan’s outdoor recreation economy, which accounts for 194,000 jobs and generates $18.7 billion in economic activity every year.
TRENTON, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12), State Representatives Darrin Camilleri, Abdullah Hammoud, Cara Clemente, and Frank Liberati today came together to reject President Trump’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018 that proposes deep cuts to programs that protect the environment and the Great Lakes. The budget proposes to cut EPA’s overall funding by 31%, in addition to completely eliminating the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and closing EPA’s Region V office in Chicago that oversees the environmental programs throughout Michigan.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today sent a letter to Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite, commanding general and chief of engineers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, regarding a proposal to ship large quantities of hazardous, contaminated material waste from Ohio to Michigan for disposal. Serious concerns and questions have been raised by local officials, and Dingell is seeking answers on behalf of the community to ensure they are fully informed and afforded the transparency and input they deserve.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order dismantling a number of programs designed to combat climate change.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement on President Trump’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018:
“The budget is a statement of our values as a nation, and the blueprint President Trump released today is an egregious affront to the values I believe set this nation apart in the world.
DEARBORN, MI – U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and David Trott (MI-11) today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to expedite review of Enbridge’s work plan and inspection schedule for the Line 5 Pipeline that runs between the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan. The work plan lists numerous locations on the pipeline where the protective coating may be weakening or missing. EPA must approve the plan this spring in order for the inspections to move forward this year.
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.
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.
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.