Michigan Environmental Report
Editor's note: Kate Madigan is MEC's northern Michigan representative and climate and energy specialist.
Editor's note: This post is by MEC intern Teha Ames.
Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb issued the following statement in response to reforms to Michigan's implementation of the federal Lead and Copper Rule proposed today by Gov. Rick Snyder:
You may have noticed a lot of news stories lately about coal-fired power plants. That's because-with federal regulations kicking in to protect public health-today marks the end of the operating permits for a number of coal plants in Michigan, including Consumers Energy's oldest generating units, sometimes charitably described as the "Classic Seven."
This week brought a long-fought, hard-won victory for MEC-and anyone who breathes Michigan's air.
The Michigan Environmental Council applauded the Department of Environmental Quality's announcement this week that it will continue regulating all air emissions of toxic chemicals, noting that the decision will go a long way in ensuring the department fulfills its primary mission of protecting human health and the environment.
The Michigan Environmental Council praised a recommendation from three state agencies that Michigan will not allow net-pen aquaculture in the Great Lakes.
A lot can change in five years.