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Issues Of The Environment: Women's History Month-Donna Lasinski

Donna Lasinski
Michigan House Democrats

Michigan State Representative Donna Lasinski has, among other things, stood up for numerous environmental causes.  That includes fighting the Gelman 1-4 dioxane plume to trying to prevent Enbridge Line 5 from causing catastrophic damage to the Great Lakes.  Now, as the top Democrat in the Michigan House of Representatives, Lasinski seeks to help rewrite Michigan's environmental history.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the present and future she is working to create on this Women's History Month Edition of "Issues of the Environment."


  • House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski’s environmental priorities include:
    • Restoring local, citizen voice to the DEQ and DNR with Citizen Review Committees.
    • Continuing to oppose efforts to weaken our environmental protections and prioritizing pollution prevention.
    • Cleaning up the Pall-Gelman pollution plume – not just containing it.
    • Preventing companies from drilling and fracking in our backyards without our knowledge and approval.
    • Building on the successful grants we have received during my service to expand our great local parks and to bring resources to new projects, such as the Loop trail.

  • Donna Lasinski, House Democratic Leader, lives a stone’s throw away from the deepest portion of the Pall/Gelman plume in Washtenaw County.  She says,”I am committed to ensuring its cleanup to protect our drinking water.  That’s why I am so proud of lowering the clean up standard for 1,4 Dioxane from 85ppb to 7.5ppb.  This was accomplished by close work between local activists, elected officials and the DEQ.  From our farmers' fields to our private wells to our city drinking water supply – this will ensure better clean up of the toxin and safe drinking water for us all.”

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