Column: Trump’s environmental rollbacks put Michiganders at risk at the worst time

BY: - June 8, 2020

In the middle of a pandemic, doing everything possible to protect public health should be our leaders’ priority. But instead, the President Trump administration has stopped enforcing the clean air and water safeguards that protect us from sickening pollution. The costs are already mounting. Recently, one of the dirtiest facilities in the Detroit area — […]

Nessel, AGs call on EPA to strengthen PFAS rules

BY: - April 28, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 17 other attorneys general in urging a federal agency to strengthen rules pertaining to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), her office announced Tuesday. The comment letter addressed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls on the agency to strengthen and expand a proposed rule about the review […]

Trump is ‘playing games with our lives,’ activists say on Earth Day

BY: - April 23, 2020

Michigan leaders blasted President Donald Trump on Earth Day, citing his poor environmental record and “bungling” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since taking office in 2017, Trump, who has called climate change a “hoax,” has pulled out of the Paris Agreement. His administration has moved to weaken a host of environmental regulations, including fuel-economy standards, clean […]

Stevens wants ‘scientific integrity’ principles in COVID-19 legislation 

BY: - April 18, 2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions are relying on health guidance and disease prevention from experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies.  U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) wants Congress to adopt a bill that would streamline key federal research […]

Trump ousts another watchdog as critics see ‘disturbing pattern’ 

BY: - April 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday ousted the second federal watchdog in the span of five days as congressional Democrats accused him of purging federal employees for political reasons. Trump removed the Defense Department’s Acting Inspector General, Glenn Fine, who had been on the job since early 2016. Last week, Fine had been named by a group of […]

Nessel to Trump: Put the brakes on fuel economy, other rule changes

BY: - April 2, 2020

Updated, 9:35 a.m., 4/2/20, with comments from Nessel WASHINGTON — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and 20 other attorneys general from across the country are pressing the Trump administration to freeze pending regulations so officials can focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This action is essential to managing this public health crisis and […]

Trump EPA chief to Congress: Cut my funding

BY: - February 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants Congress to deeply cut funding for his own agency in the next fiscal year. The Trump administration this month asked Congress to slash the EPA’s annual budget by about $2.4 billion for Fiscal Year 2021— that’s a 26% cut from the […]

Dingell slams Trump EPA chief for PFAS standard inaction

BY: and - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — 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.  The Michigan lawmaker, who took office in 2015, said she’s been promised since she arrived in Congress that a national standard for […]

House Dems call on EPA for stronger Lead and Copper Rule

BY: - February 21, 2020

A group of 50 House Democrats led by U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) is pushing for more robust federal rules for protecting consumers against lead and copper in their drinking water. In a letter sent Tuesday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Democrats urged the federal agency to strengthen proposed changes […]

Whitmer, EGLE want EPA to toughen water lead rules

BY: - February 13, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Director Liesl Clark sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking it to follow Michigan’s lead in regulating lead presence in drinking water.  In the letter, Whitmer and Clark asked EPA Director Andrew Wheeler to consider lowering the national action level for lead […]

Trump’s budget: $320M for Great Lakes, big Medicare cuts

BY: and - February 11, 2020

President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget plan has a big change from last year’s proposal when it comes to Great Lakes funding. His FY 2021 proposal includes $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which helps clean up the lakes, protect them from invasive species and preserves them as a safe source […]

Amash is lone Michigander to vote against Great Lakes funding boost

BY: - February 6, 2020

Updated, 11:28 a.m., 12/6/20 with comments from Amash’s office As the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate was dispatching with President Donald Trump’s impeachment Wednesday, the Democratic-led U.S. House overwhelmingly voted to boost funding for the Great Lakes. The House voted 373-45 to reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which helps to clean up the lakes, protect […]