Michigan Environmental Report

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

Participants in record numbers rally support during Lead Education Day in the Capitol

Some 100 people from across the state traveled to Lansing last Wednesday to rally lawmaker support for ending lead poisoning in Michigan.

Eighteen teams of three to five advocates fanned out across the State Capitol, meeting with approximately 90 state legislative offices as part of the largest-ever Lead Education Day—an annual event coordinated by MEC and our allies in the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes (MIALSH).

Delegation of State Rulemaking and Permitting Authority to Private Interests

Kudos to DEQ for taking a stand against some of the most dangerous environmental bills in memory. The agency submitted formal opposition to S.B. 652 and 653—recently passed by the State Senate—at a hearing yesterday in the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. Those reckless bills would take authority for protecting our environment out of the hands of our elected officials and give it to panels made up of the very interests who directly profit from discharging pollutants into our air and water. Although DEQ submitted a “card” against the bills at the hearing, committee leaders did not make that fact known to those in attendance or the public.

Yesterday we shared the letter below with the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee, regarding Senate Bills 652 & 653, which would delegate state rulemaking and permitting authority to private interests. 

Environmental Justice Work Group recommendations provide clear path forward to a healthy environment for all Michiganders

The Environmental Justice Work Group (EJWG) appointed by Governor Snyder today publicly released their final report. The 23 members of the EJWG reached strong consensus on the final report’s 33 recommendations to address the Governor’s charge laid out in his 2017 State of the State address. 

Legislation would turn water use decisions in Michigan over to Nestlé and other large water users

Legislation that essentially gives a free pass for large water withdrawals and eliminates public input on large water withdrawals is on a fast track in the Michigan House of Representatives, receiving a hearing within a week of being introduced.

Michigan Environmental Council applauds Consumers Energy sustainability plan released today

Michigan Environmental Council praised the clean energy goals set by Consumers Energy in their sustainability plan released today.

"An 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions is exactly the kind of forward-thinking goal we need to create a clean energy future for Michigan," said Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb.

Michigan Environmental Council applauds environmental priorities in Gov. Snyder’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget

Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) praised Governor Snyder's focus on new programs to protect human health and the environment in his Fiscal Year 2019 budget announced today.

“Governor Snyder’s renewed call for a Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) replacement highlights the critical importance of investing in environmental cleanup,” said Chris Kolb, Michigan Environmental Council president.

Gov. Snyder’s water infrastructure proposal an important step forward

Michigan Environmental Council praised Governor Snyder’s drinking water infrastructure improvement plan announced Thursday on Environment & Infrastructure Week.

“Surrounded by the world’s greatest freshwater resources, all Michiganders deserve clean, reliable drinking water, but after years of neglect our drinking and wastewater infrastructure is in dire need of repair,” said Chris Kolb, MEC president.

Michigan Environmental Council applauds Gov. Snyder’s call for new funding to clean toxic sites

Michigan Environmental Council applauded Governor Snyder’s call for a replacement of the Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) on Tuesday. 

"Governor Snyder’s call for a CMI replacement highlights the critical importance of investing in environmental clean up," said Chris Kolb, MEC president.