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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Energy and Environment

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December 12, 2019 In The News

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.

December 11, 2019 In The News

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.

December 10, 2019 Video

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.

November 14, 2019 Press Release

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.

October 3, 2019 In The News

Joe Madison invited Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence of Michigan to discuss the nearly $10 million grant for the city of Detroit, which will address the dangers of lead-based paint in peoples homes. 

September 30, 2019 Press Release

Detroit, MI – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) has scheduled a Town Hall meeting in Detroit’s Corktown community on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) facility located at 1680 Michigan Avenue from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.


September 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announce a $9.7 million grant to the City of Detroit from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH).


May 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Last Wednesday, the House Committee on Appropriations advanced the FY2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) and Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies funding bills for full approval by the U.S. House of Representatives. The CJS bill provides $73.9 billion for vital programs such as, an increase in funding for the Census Bureau, as well as appropriating significant funding for programs and grants that Americans rely on.

May 1, 2019 In The News

Michigan’s congressional delegation lagged those of the greenest states in the nation when it comes to supporting environmentally-friendly federal policy, according to a new report from the League of Conservation Voters. The report for 2018 — before this current term — offered consistently high marks to Democrats, but few to Republicans, including in Michigan. The Washington, D.C.-based liberal environmental group graded U.S. House and Senate members based on how they voted on environmental issues, as well as the border wall and immigration policy.

April 8, 2019 In The News

Today, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler will testify in front of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee about the Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal for the EPA. The hearing – Budget: Environmental Protection Agency – is the first opportunity legislators have had to question the administration on the proposed 31.2 percent cut to the agency's budget next year.