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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.
For the second time, a limo ride with the president immediately preceded an announcement that money would come for Michigan's waterways. "I enjoyed meeting with President Trump (Thursday)," said Rep. John Moolenaar, (R-Midland) in a statement Thursday night. "I spoke with him about the Great Lakes and their importance to our state." President Donald Trump announced Thursday evening in Grand Rapids that he would support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to the tune of $300 million.
Bipartisan members of the Michigan congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Representatives Jack Bergman (MI-01), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Andy Levin (MI-09), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Haley Stevens (MI-11), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), introduced legislation to address contamination from chemicals containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The PFAS Detection Act provides the U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) sent a letter to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) urging the agencies to address the possible public health concerns regarding potentially contaminated demolition sites in Detroit.
Records detailing what went into the ground at thousands of demolition sites across the city are under scrutiny amid an analysis that's turned up a disjointed process. University of Michigan doctoral candidate Michael Koscielniak has spent four years conducting an exhaustive review of public records that cast doubt on the integrity of soil records for the city's multi-million-dollar federally funded blight elimination program. For its part, the city admits the effort got off the ground with a paper-based tracking system before it evolved to online records.
A new public-private grant program that aims to improve green stormwater infrastructure and natural habitats has been launched with a three-year, $3.9 million funding commitment. The Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund was launched by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with corporate, nonprofit and federal support, according to a Monday announcement at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Community leaders and politicians including U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell and U.S. Rep.
Michigan State Rep. LaTanya Garrett is calling for state-level hearings to discuss the "alarming" findings of a Monday Free Press investigation that detailed a widening federal probe of Detroit's demolition program. The Free Press reported Monday that contaminated dirt was potentially used to fill demolition sites across the city and is the focus of a criminal probe being conducted by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP). Garrett's request comes one day after Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield requested a U.S.
A high-ranking Detroit official is requesting a U.S. congressional hearing be held to discuss the city's federally-funded demolition program, a day after a Free Press investigation detailed a widening criminal probe that could have potential environmental implications. The Free Press reported Monday that contaminated dirt was potentially used to fill demolition sites across the city and is the focus of a criminal probe being conducted by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).
Michigan legislators can, for the most part, agree on a few things. Making sure residents have safe, accessible water is likely one of them. But how to accomplish that goal in the midst of a decaying infrastructure and a constant struggle for funding makes the task a bit more complicated than some nicely worded legislation. State Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills, and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-District 14, proposed efforts last month that they said would provide clean water for residents and students.
House lawmakers are launching a new task force devoted to PFAS issues Wednesday, aiming to craft bipartisan legislation related to the crisis and press for more funding for research and to clean up contaminated sites. U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, will co-chair the group with the goal of building support in the public and the Congress for a "more aggressive, forward-looking agenda" on PFAS, Kildee said.