Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on Reports of Plans to Close EPA Regional Office Serving Michigan

April 17, 2017

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after reports that the Trump Administration is considering closing two regional offices of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including the Region 5 office that serves Michigan:

“If true, the closure of the EPA’s Region 5 office – which serves Michigan and other states in the Great Lakes region – is very concerning. The EPA’s mission is simple: to protect public health and our environment. Their work continues to be vital in helping Flint recover from the water crisis, including providing ongoing water testing for residents and technical assistance to the city’s water plant. EPA efforts to protect the Great Lakes through the successful Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are also critical to reduce pollution run-off and combat the threat of invasive species like Asian carp.

“Closing the EPA’s regional office is misguided and would jeopardize federal resources to help Flint recover from the water crisis and protect the Great Lakes from harm.”