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Energy and Commerce Committee

Energy (116th Congress)


Bipartisan E&C Leaders Seek Answers on Edenville Dam Breach in Midland, Michigan

06.01.2020

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Energy Subcommittee Republican Leader Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) today sent letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy seeking answers on the Edenville dam breach in Midland, Michigan, which last month forced 10,000 residents to evacuate their homes.  In September 2018, FERC issued an order revoking the...

Press Release

Letter to Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy on Edenville dam breach in Midland, Michigan

06.01.2020

Excerpt: “With Edenville’s FERC permit revoked, regulatory authority passed to the State of Michigan. Most states, including the State of Michigan, have established a regulatory program for the safety of dams not under federal jurisdiction. State dam safety programs typically include safety evaluations of existing dams and periodic reviews," the bipartisan members wrote in their letter to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

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Letter

Letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Edenville dam breach in Midland, Michigan

06.01.2020

Excerpt: “In addition to the massive property damage caused by the dam’s failure, flooding of contaminated sites and chemical facilities — including one containing a federally-regulated nuclear research reactor — in Midland, Michigan threatened public health and the environment. As you know, the Edenville project and its operator, Boyce Hydro, have a long history of dam safety and compliance problems. Prior to issuing the order, the Commission engaged in a multi-year effort to bring Boyce Hydro into compliance with FERC’s dam safety requirements. We are concerned that three...

Letter