Working For A Healthy Environment

We lead a coalition of organizations protecting the health of Michigan's people and environment

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Lead filter funding will protect 1.5 million children

Gov. Whitmer’s executive budget to provide significant funding for safe water in schools

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The Line 5 fight isn't over. Help us finish it

Gov. Whitmer revoked Line 5's easement, but Enbridge is certain to fight back. Your support can help us win.

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Michigan Environmental News

Lifting cap on small-scale solar creates jobs, saves residents money

Environmental groups endorsed a bill last Wednesday that would eliminate the cap on how many residents and businesses can use small-scale solar energy to power their homes and companies, saying current law restricts job growth and investment and access to affordable energy. 

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters and Michigan Environmental Council testified in support of Rep. Markkenen's House Bill 4236 during the House Energy Committee Wednesday. The Republican from Hancock has the bipartisan support of 12 cosponsors. 

'Bottle Bill' will clean up environment, expand our bottle return system

Sen. Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo) and Rep. Christine Morse (D-Portage) introduced legislation to update and expand Michigan’s 40-year-old “Bottle Bill” law. Michigan Environmental Council will advocate and educate with them for its passage.

Senate Bill 167 and House Bill 4331 would expand the state’s current 10-cent deposit on certain soft drinks, beer, and other carbonated beverages to all other non-carbonated beverages, except for milk containers.

Bill holds corporate polluters accountable, saves taxpayers money

Whether it be the “green ooze” that trickled onto a highway from a shuttered Madison Heights business in 2020 or PFAS currently seeping into west Michigan wells, a new bill ensures those causing pollution catastrophes pay for the health threats they create.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Michigan House Democratic House Floor Leader Yousef Rabhi introduced House Bill 4314, which requires private companies to pay to clean up pollution they create. Current law only requires companies to contain and limit exposure of these pollutants. The financial burden of cleanup falls on residents, who pay through taxes.