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Michigan Environmental Council statement on John Dingell: Thank you for your service

Nov 30, -0001
The Michigan Environmental Council today applauded Congressman John Dingell for his lifelong commitment to his nation, state, and district. Dingell announced he would not seek re-election after 58 years representing Michigan’s 12th District.

Dingell is the author of more conservation and environmental laws than any policy maker in our nation, including measures that have played pivotal roles in making our waters cleaner and our air safer.

“Congressman Dingell is a pioneer of American environmental policy whose record of service – particularly in defense of our nation’s natural resources – is unparalleled,” said Chris Kolb, MEC president. “I am proud to call him both my friend, and my congressman.

Dingell earned the state’s highest environmental honor – MEC’s Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award – in 2005. The award recognizes individuals who show outstanding leadership, enduring commitment and extraordinary public service in protecting natural resources at the local, state and national levels.

Dingell was instrumental in landmark conservation laws like the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, the Wilderness Act, and legislation purchasing millions of acres of land for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

He also was the driving force behind the 6,000-acre Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. The refuge protects the last remaining wetlands on the U.S. side of the Detroit River and shelters marine habitats, wildlife and native plants.

“His leadership has made a tangible difference in our country and our state for this generation, and many yet to come.” said Kolb. “Cleaner water, clearer air, more wilderness. All of these are part of Mr. Dingell’s conservation legacy.”
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