Senate passes bill that politicizes Natural Resources Trust Fund

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Legislation passed Wednesday by the state Senate would change longstanding practices for managing the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have proven effective at keeping the fund's allocations nonpartisan and above the political fray over its four-decade history of purchasing and developing high-value outdoor recreation sites across the state, the Michigan Environmental Council said.
Read MoreMay 24, 2017

MEC praises pipeline safety bills from Sens. Peters and Stabenow

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Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb issued the following statement in response to pipeline safety legislation introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow: "The only way to prevent a catastrophic oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac is to shut down Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline as quickly as possible. Until that happens, the public deserves better information about the pipeline, and Enbridge must be held to higher standards, including increasing the company's liability to reflect the unthinkable economic and environmental costs of an oil spill in the Great Lakes.
Read MoreMay 24, 2017
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Job Posting - Communications Officer

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The Michigan Environmental Council seeks a media-savvy communications professional with outstanding writing skills to join our team as Communications Officer. The person in this position will be responsible for managing MEC’s relationships with journalists across the state; writing and editing for our web and print publications; shaping our overall communications strategy; and developing and delivering compelling messages that drive news coverage and shape discussions in the State Capitol.
View ArticleMay 22, 2017  •  Spring 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
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Michigan House says bare minimum is good enough for Great Lakes

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Legislation passed by the House of Representatives would cede Michigan's environmental authority to the federal government and prohibit state leaders from doing anything more than the bare minimum to protect public health or natural treasures like the Great Lakes, the Michigan Environmental Council said.
Read MoreMay 18, 2017

MEC cheers DTE plan to add clean energy, slash carbon emissions

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Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb issued the following statement in reaction to DTE Energy’s announcement that it will add 6,000 megawatts of renewable energy and cut its carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050.
Read MoreMay 16, 2017

As Michigan prepares for Earth Day, Senate panel votes to slash bedrock environmental safeguards

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Budget cuts approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee would slash essential programs that protect Michigan residents from tainted drinking water and toxic groundwater contamination, the Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan League of Conservation Voters said. The proposed cuts to Department of Environmental Quality programs include a $14.9 million reduction in funds to address contaminated sites around the state and a $2.6 million cut to enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act as it pertains to lead in drinking water.
Read MoreApr 19, 2017
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