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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today stood up for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workers in Michigan and across the country on “National Save the U.S. EPA Day.” The effort, led by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), comes as the EPA faces deep funding cuts from President Trump and the Republican Congress that could slash up to 25 percent of the agency’s workforce and endanger its ability to protect public health and the environment for decades to come.
DEARBORN, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) again called for a comprehensive study of the Enbridge Line 5 pipelines following reports that protective coating is missing in at least two areas, putting the integrity of the pipelines at risk.
ANN ARBOR, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and State Representatives Adam Zemke, Yousef Rabhi and Donna Lasinski held a town hall tonight in Ann Arbor to discuss the Gelman dioxane plume and next steps for the community. The Representatives were joined by Mitch Adelman and Kevin Lund from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to provide an update on remediation efforts, as well as Roger Rayle, chair of the Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane (CARD).
DETROIT, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today joined Friends of the Detroit River, Michigan Sea Grant, and other project partners to celebrate the hard work and dedication of those who have helped shape a new future for the Detroit River. The restoration projects highlighted included a tour of Stony Island near Grosse Ile, where work is being done to counteract wetland loss on land that is critical to fish, waterfowl and migratory birds, and Belle Isle where nearly 300 acres of habitat have been restored.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell released the following statement after the Trump Administration released the Brandon Road Lock and Dam Study, which provides critical new information on options for implementing Asian carp control measures to protect the Great Lakes. Dingell and her colleagues have repeatedly urged the administration to release the study, which has been delayed since February 28, 2017.
DEARBORN, MI – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) introduced legislation to prevent the closure of any Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional or program office and protect thousands of jobs across the country. Dingell introduced the Recognizing the Environmental Gains in Overcoming Negligence (REGION) Act following reports that President Trump’s budget request would gut EPA and force several offices to shutter, including the U.S.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12), U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02), and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to release the FY 2016 report to Congress on the recent activities and accomplishments of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06) led a bipartisan letter to the White House urging the Trump administration to immediately release the Brandon Road Lock and Dam study. The letter, signed by all 14 members of Michigan’s House Delegation, highlights the study as being the best way to learn how to prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes. The letter comes on the heels of the discovery of an 8-pound, 28-inch adult silver carp less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bipartisan amendment introduced by U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and U.S. Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) expressing the sense of the Congress that the governments of the United States and Canada should not allow permanent or long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel or other radioactive waste near the Great Lakes.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Dave Trott (MI-11) today led a bipartisan group of 32 Members of Congress in urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to use his full diplomatic and legal power to halt proposed construction of a nuclear waste storage facility near the Great Lakes.