Senator Levin's Record - Clean Air, Water and Land
- March 27, 2012 – Sens. Levin, Kirk outline Great Lakes protection programs
In letters to Senate Appropriations Committee members, Sen. Levin and Sen. Mark Kirk, co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, urge support for programs important to the Great Lakes, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and efforts to stop Asian carp and other invasive species.
- Feb. 22, 2012 – Sens. Levin, Stabenow welcome reduction in trash imports from Canada
Sen. Levin and Sen. Debbie Stabenow welcome a report from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality showing that an agreement they helped negotiate in 2006 is reducing imports of Canadian trash into Michigan.
- Feb. 3, 2012 – Great Lakes lawmakers seek quicker study on lake protection
Sen. Levin joins more than two dozen Great Lakes lawmakers in a letter to the head of the Army Corps of Engineers highlighting a new study of separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds to prevent the spread of invasive species, and calling on the Army Corps to accelerate its own study of separating the watersheds.
- Dec. 21, 2011 – Levin hails successful recovery of gray wolves
Sen. Levin welcomes an announcement by the Department of the Interior that the once-threatened gray wolf population in the Great Lakes region has recovered so well that the wolf no longer requires protection through the Endangered Species Act, saying, "Today’s announcement demonstrates that this important environmental statute and science-based decision making work."
- Nov. 10, 2011 – Levin legislation on Sleeping Bear Dunes wins committee approval
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approves Sen. Levin’s legislation to protect more than 32,000 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by designating the land as wilderness.
- Nov. 10, 2011 -- Levin opposes amendment that would damage Michigan air quality
Sen. Levin votes against legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing rules that would protect Michigan from air pollution generated in other states. The legislation is especially important to West Michigan counties that suffer from smog generated in other states.
- Oct. 18, 2011 – Levin, Stabenow praise passage of pipeline safety legislation
Sen. Levin and Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan praise passage of the Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011, which includes numerous provisions designed to improve pipeline safety and prevent accidents such as the July 26, 2011 Enbridge oil spill into the Kalamazoo River.
- April 14, 2011 - Senators introduce bills to restrict Canadian trash
Sen. Levin joins Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan in introducing legislation that seeks to protect Michigan from the potentially harmful effects of Canadian trash shipments. Sen. Levin's bill, cosponsored by Sen. Stabenow, would require the Department of Homeland Security to certify that screening of municipal waste shipments for chemical, nuclear, biological or radiological threats is adequate or halt such shipments. Sen. Stabenow's bill, cosponsored by Sen. Levin, would impose a $500-per-truck user fee on such shipments. The bills follow up on the successful agreement the senators negotiated in 2006 to end municipally managed Canadian waste shipments by 2010.
- April 6, 2011 - Sen. Levin and bipartisan group of senators introduce bill to establish auto battery stations at Capitol at no cost to taxpayers
Sen. Levin and a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would allow the Senate to continue its leadership of the country toward a clean energy future by establishing automotive battery recharging stations at parking lots in the Capitol complex at no net cost to the federal government.
- March 24, 2009 - Sen. Levin introduces bill to reduce phosphate pollution
Sen. Levin and Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio introduce legislation to limit the use of phosphates in automatic dishwashing detergents, chemicals which can damage aquatic habitats including the Great Lakes.
- March 19, 2009 - Senate passes legislation boosting Michigan public lands
The Senate approves an omnibus public lands bill that includes measures to improve Keweenaw National Historic Park, protect the Beaver Basin wilderness at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and designate the River Raisin battlefield site as part of the National Parks System.
- Sept. 23, 2008 - Congress passes Great Lakes Compact
Sen. Levin hails final congressional passage of legislation implementing the Great Lakes Compact, a historic measure that establishes in federal law a general ban on new water diversions from the Great Lakes Basin,.
- Sept. 1, 2006 - Sens. Levin, Stabenow reach historic Canadian trash agreement
Sen. Levin and Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan announce they have negotiated a historic agreement with Canadian officials to end shipments of municipally managed Canadian trash into Michigan by 2010.