Michigan Environmental Report

News from Michigan Environmental Council on public policies affecting the health of Michigan's people and environment

MEC statement on proposed Lead and Copper Rule reforms

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:

On retirement day for some old coal plants, bad state policies keep others limping along

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."

MEC's five-year fight for clean air ends with major win for Michigan families

This week brought a long-fought, hard-won victory for MEC-and anyone who breathes Michigan's air.

MEC commends DEQ decision to maintain oversight of toxic air chemicals

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.

MEC applauds state recommendation to keep fish farms out of the Great Lakes

The Michigan Environmental Council praised a recommendation from three state agencies that Michigan will not allow net-pen aquaculture in the Great Lakes.

With lead in the spotlight, MEC-led coalition calls for more state funding to protect kids

A lot can change in five years.

MEC: Waukesha's Great Lakes withdrawal proposal doesn't hold water

A Wisconsin city has failed to demonstrate a sufficient need to divert water from Lake Michigan, and Gov. Rick Snyder should use his authority under the 2008 Great Lakes Compact to reject the proposed withdrawal, the Michigan Environmental Council said Tuesday.

Coast-to-Coast passenger rail project is worth pursuing and potentially profitable, study finds

Passenger rail service reconnecting Detroit with Grand Rapids could generate millions of dollars in annual profits and provide well over a million trips per year, a study released Monday finds.