2019 - 2022 Environmental Roadmap
One month into 2019, and new and old elected officials are getting settled here in Lansing, but there is no time to waste. A whole slew of public health and environmental issues are threatening Michigan and its residents. Decision-makers in the Capitol need to deal with these issues thoroughly and swiftly, but they do not have to do it alone. Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan League of Conservation Voters, in conjunction with our many member and partner organizations, have put together an Environmental Roadmap for lawmakers and the new administration, a multi-year plan for addressing Michigan’s top environmental and public health challenges.
From PFAS to toxic algae blooms, the new administration is inheriting a great number of issues, and they’ll need help navigating these polluted waters. By consulting with our member organizations, we have pulled together top environmental experts from around the state to lay out our policy priorities for the first 100 days of the new administration and beyond. Some of these top priorities include:
- Securing new funding to protect, maintain and update water infrastructure statewide, including funding to replace all lead service lines
- Establishing a drinking water standard for PFAS using health-based research
- Eliminating the environmental rules commission and permit appeals panel that transferred final authority on environmental permits, administrative rules and cleanup plans from state government to unaccountable, unelected boards and panels
- Ensuring that environmental justice principles are engrained in all applicable agency decision-making processes
- Supporting access to solar and renewable energy at the residential and community level as well as rapid retirement of aging, expensive coal plants
These are just some of our many policy priorities. For a more indepth look, click here. However, these policies will not implement themselves, and that's where you come in. Now is the time to keep the pressure on by calling or emailing your elected officials and telling them what issues are important to you. With your help, we can make these recommendations a reality for Michigan.