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Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representatives Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) and Ro Khanna (CA-17) reintroduced legislation, with 74 House and Senate original cosponsors, to increase access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water in America.
Washington, DC – Representative Brenda L. Lawrence issued the following statement after voting to support H.R. 6074, legislation to provide robust funding to combat COVID-19, or the Coronavirus:
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler was questioned Wednesday on his decision to not seek reimbursement from his predecessor Scott Pruitt for nearly $124,000 in expenses an internal watchdog deemed “excessive.” Wheeler said he did not know whether the EPA had the authority to recover the money from Pruitt during a House Appropriations Committee hearing in response to questions from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.). “They didn’t specify what authority we would have to recoup that money,” Wheeler said of the watchdog report.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) assailed President Donald Trump’s U.S. EPA chief on Thursday over the agency’s failure to set a national drinking water standard for harmful contaminants known as PFAS.
U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country. A central theme throughout their plan: combating climate change. The announcement happened to take place hours before Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave her second State of the State address in Lansing. Whitmer, who ran in 2018 on the message of “fixing the damn roads,” tried to get buy-in last year from the GOP-led Legislature on her 45-cent gas tax hike to no avail.
The companies responsible for a collapsed dock that spilled contaminated soil into the Detroit River in November have operated outside of the law, and no government agencies appeared to be aware of it until it was too late. Even now, more than two months after Detroit Bulk Storage caused the collapse by illegally storing an overabundance of limestone gravel along the river, the site continues to erode — with a widening sinkhole — because the companies have been slow to act.
Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Brenda Lawrence will host a meeting today to talk to people impacted by a recent spill into the Detroit River. This comes as new test results are now in on the potentially bio-hazardous contamination. New test results say there are no detectable levels of contamination. The seawall at Detroit Bulk Storage collapsed the night before Thanksgiving. Roughly 9,000 yards of material from a potentially contaminated site spilled into the Detroit river.
Water samples conducted at the site of a southwest Detroit dock collapse at a riverfront storage site show no detectable contaminants or that they were "well below water quality standards," state officials said Wednesday. Analysis by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy labs in Lansing of the spill from the Detroit Bulk Storage site indicates that there were no adverse effects on the Detroit River. At least three water samples were taken, one 2,540 feet upstream from the site, one directly in front of the spill area and the other 1,040 feet downstream.
Splash host Brooke Allen sits down with Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence from the 14th congressional district to talk about whats happening in our community and in Washington.
Detroit, MI - I am incredibly alarmed by the findings of the Detroit Auditor General’s report into Detroit’s demolition program. As a member of Congress, the health and well-being of my constituents, and the state of Michigan, is of paramount importance. For that reason, in April, I sent letters to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy regarding the potential use of contaminated soil being used to fill the demolition holes.