State lawmakers fight decision to close EPA facility on Grosse Ile

State lawmakers are fighting a decision to close an Environmental Protection Agency office on Grosse Ile.

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Twp.) introduced a resolution urging President Donald Trump and acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler to reverse their decision to close the EPA’s Large Lakes Research Station on Grosse Ile.

Along with state Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Camilleri also sent a letter to Wheeler on Oct. 4, urging him to reconsider the move.

The letter outlines several concerns with the closure, which is slated for early 2019 and would relocate operations and personnel to Ann Arbor.

“The effectiveness of the Grosse Ile EPA station in mitigating environmental disasters and implementing the highly successful Great Lakes Restoration Initiative here in Michigan cannot be overstated,” Chang said. “I hope President Trump and Acting Administrator Wheeler will reconsider their decision to close the station as they reflect on its importance to the people of Michigan.”

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