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  • TSA has too few pipeline security officials, Upton and Dingell say
    Posted in Fred in the News on May 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Government Reform & Oversight

    TSA has too few pipeline security officials, Upton and Dingell say Michigan Advance May 1, 2019 U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) say there are not enough federal officials within the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assigned to help protect the nation’s 2.7 million miles of pipelines carrying oil, gas and other hazardous liquids. Upton, ranking member of the Energy Subcommittee on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, indicated his ... Read more

  • Upton voices support for New Buffalo project
    Posted in Press Releases on April 9, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, on Tuesday testified at the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development appropriations hearing and expressed his strong support for funding for the Army Corps of Engineers Navigation and Operation activities, which – in particular - provide funding for Section 216 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1970. The New Buffalo Harbor is a project that is eligible to compete for Section 216 funding. “In New Buffalo, we have had severe erosion that da... Read more

  • South Bend Tribune: Our Opinion: Congress should reject latest Great Lakes budget cuts proposal
    Posted in Fred in the News on March 14, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes

    Our Opinion: Congress should reject latest Great Lakes budget cuts proposal South Bend Tribune March 14, 2019 Next year’s federal budget once again includes a proposal to slash funding of an Environmental Protection Agency initiative aimed at cleaning up the Great Lakes. And once again, as it has been for three consecutive years, the plan should be turned down by Congress. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was established in 2010 to deal with longstanding environmental problems in the lakes... Read more

  • Upton Releases Statement Opposing Great Lakes Funding Cuts
    Posted in Press Releases on March 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the Trump Administration released their Fiscal Year 2020 budget, proposing to cut nearly $270 million from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: “Protecting our natural resources, whether they be the Great Lakes, parks, or clean water, is a federal responsibility and priority. For the third year in a row, I will join colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fight the Administration’s proposed budget cuts to the Gr... Read more

  • Upton, Dingell, Walberg Release Commitment from EPA on Michigan PFAS Meeting
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    Today, Representatives Fred Upton (MI-6), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), and Tim Walberg (MI-7) received commitment from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency will come to Michigan for a meeting on PFAS chemicals in drinking water. The lawmakers will continue to work with the EPA on finalizing a time and location. You can read the EPA’s response here. “Michigan has been hit hard with the number of PFAS confirmed sites growing rapidly over the last few years,” Upton, Dingell, and Wal... Read more

  • Upton, Dingell, Walberg, Kildee Introduce PFAS Federal Facility Accountability Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Reps Fred Upton, (MI-6), Debbie Dingell, (MI-12), Tim Walberg, (MI-7), and Dan Kildee, (MI-5), today introduced bipartisan legislation, the PFAS Federal Facility Accountability Act of 2018, that urges federal agencies to cooperate with States as PFAS contamination is detected in communities near federal installations such as active military installations, former military installations, or National Guard facilities. The bill will facilitate testing, monitoring, removal, and remediation when ... Read more

  • Upton Votes to Reauthorize Safe Drinking Water Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance S. 3021 – America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. Included in this package is H.R. 3387, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act. H.R. 3387 seeks to bring greater investment in the country’s aging drinking water infrastructure. “Safe drinking water for our families is something we should all agree on. And this bipartisan bill delivers for communities, li... Read more

  • Upton, House Advance Package to Help PFAS Cleanup
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Administration spending bill. Included in this bill is $14 million to address contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Upton released the following statement: “Testing at W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base has shown serious PFAS groundwater contamination at several sites. Across Michigan, s... Read more

  • Upton, Dingell, Walberg Hold EPA to PFAS Meeting Commitment
    Posted in Press Releases on September 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    After the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committed to holding a meeting in Michigan on PFAS chemicals in drinking water, Representatives Fred Upton (MI-6), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), and Tim Walberg (MI-7) followed up on the commitment and called for details to finalize a time and place. Thursday, the Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) in which an EPA official committed to sending experts and senior offici... Read more

  • VIDEO: Upton Demands Answers at PFAS Hearing
    Posted in Press Releases on September 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today directly questioned witnesses at a bipartisan hearing titled “Perflourinated Chemicals in the Environment: An Update on the Response to Contamination and Challenges Presented.” Click HERE to watch Upton’s opening statement. Click HERE to watch Upton question Dr. Peter Grevatt, Director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water at the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency and Ms. Maureen Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense ... Read more

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