Environment

Over the past three decades, Michigan has seen unprecedented rises in temperature, heavier rainfalls, and more extreme weather events due to climate change.

Climate change is damaging our Great Lakes, forests, and farm lands, all of which are vital to our Michigan way of life. As a nature lover and committed environmentalist, I cannot overstate how important it is for our nation to protect our environment and address climate change with urgency and creativity. This means investing in green renewable energy resources that will create reliable, good-paying jobs, keeping the commitments our country made in the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions, and ensuring full funding for vital conservation programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

In addition to tackling climate change, we must also take action to fight pollutants that plague our air, land and waterways and poison our drinking water. Sadly, Michigan is all too familiar with the dangers that unsafe and polluted drinking water pose for our communities. Dangerous levels of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—man-made chemicals that are used in many consumer products and industrial applications—are consistently being found across our great state. That’s why I joined the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, which works to urgently address the public health threat created by these dangerous chemicals, protect our communities and ensure access to safe drinking water.

More on Environment

July 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-02) led a letter with thirty-nine of their colleagues to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia, demanding that the DOL revise a proposed rule that would prevent private pensions and 401(k)s from using environmental, social, and governmental (ESG) principles to make their investments.

July 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – On July 20, the House of Representatives voted to include Congressman Andy Levin’s (MI-09) three amendments in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. Rep. Levin released the following statement: 

July 1, 2020 Press Release

Two amendments authored by Congressman Andy Levin to the major House infrastructure bill, H.R. 2, The Moving Forward Act, passed the House today. Rep. Levin’s amendments would reduce coronavirus test result wait times and expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

June 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09)’s signature legislation, the EV Freedom Act, was highlighted in the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis comprehensive congressional climate action framework. Introduced earlier this year with Rep.

June 5, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin and Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph J. Simons to urge the FTC to exercise its authority to prevent manufacturers from advertising wipes as “flushable” — a characterization contested by wastewater officials.

April 22, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin today release the following statement:

February 6, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin, a former green energy entrepreneur and state workforce officer, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez today unveiled the Electric Vehicle (EV) Freedom Act, a bill that will create good-paying jobs nationwide, electrify America’s highway system and take necessary steps to combat climate change.

January 10, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Levin speaks on the House Floor today in support of his amendment.

January 9, 2020 Press Release

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representatives Andy Levin (MI-09) and Paul Mitchell (MI-10) today requested additional federal assistance for the State of Michigan’s efforts to mitigate the threat posed by toxic chemicals leaking from the Electro-Plating Services site in Madison Heights. In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Andrew Wheeler, the lawmakers also pressed the Agency to identify long-term solutions that will prevent future instances of toxic waste spreading from the hazardous site.

January 7, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today introduced a bill to ensure that when PFAS chemicals are destroyed by incineration, PFAS particles do not contaminate the air. The PFAS Safe Disposal Act would instruct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create standards that require PFAS incineration to minimize emittance of PFAS into the air, to be conducted in accordance with requirements of the Clean Air Act, and other regulations regarding the storage and disposal of PFAS chemicals.