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.
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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.
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.
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.
The House of Representatives today passed a package of spending bills that grants critical funding for domestic priorities and international assistance and prevents a government shutdown.
Two provisions authored by Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, were included in the package of bills.
An amendment authored by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) to prioritize research into the effects of PFAS chemicals, mercury, and other contaminants on Great Lakes fisheries and fishery ecosystems yesterday passed the House of Representatives as part of The Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act.
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) yesterday submitted the below testimony to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis:
– Following reports that President Trump plans to revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe emission rules, Congressman Andy Levin released the following statement:
A bipartisan amendment authored by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) to end the use of seismic blasting in the Atlantic Ocean today was passed as a part of the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act (H.R. 1941), a bill to protect coastal economies and environments from the far-reaching and detrimental impacts of oil spills.
Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) today led a letter with Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI-05), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) that was signed by 162 bipartisan House members asking National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 conferees to retain House and Senate provisions that address PFAS contamination and cleanup.
The members said in their letter: