Michigan Environmental Report

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

The eBikes cometh

Electric assist bicycles are growing in popularity, but without aligned thinking and sound legislation, are we ready for them?

Next year marks the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle. Over those two centuries, bikes have evolved–slowly. But with the advent of the electric assist bicycle, two-wheeled evolution has taken a disruptive leap forward. What does this mean for road cyclists, trail riders, mountain bikers and commuters? It means we need to rethink issues of access and cycling infrastructure to determine where eBikes fit in, or others will do it for us.

Gov. Snyder appoints MEC President Kolb to public health commission

Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb was appointed in mid-November to the Public Health Advisory Commission by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Guest post: Make your holiday celebration more sustainable!

Editor's note: This post is by Kerrin O'Brien, executive director of the Michigan Recycling Coalition, an MEC member group.

Michigan's energy overhaul: What's in it and how we got here

After more than two years of negotiations, countless hours of committee hearings, numerous variations on several bills, untold column inches of news coverage and a dizzying series of false starts, dead ends and shifts of the political winds, the epic effort to overhaul Michigan's energy policy finally drew to a close Thursday evening.

MEC lauds passage of energy bills

The Michigan Environmental Council praised state leaders Thursday for approving a comprehensive energy reform package that will continue the state's transition to a clean-energy economy and reduce energy costs for families and businesses while protecting public health and the environment.

DEQ delays final mine decision, sets stage for a nasty holiday gift

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality last week delayed its expected decision on a permit for the Back Forty Project, an open-pit gold, zinc and copper mine proposed for the western Upper Peninsula. Back in September, the agency indicated in a preliminary decision its intent to approve the request from Aquila Resources, opening a final window for the public to weigh in before the final decision set for Dec. 1. The deadline for that final decision has now been pushed back to Dec. 29.

MEC applauds infrastructure recommendations, urges leaders to follow through

The Michigan Environmental Council praised the recommendations put forth Monday by Gov. Rick Snyder's 21st Century Infrastructure Commission and urged policymakers to significantly increase investments to offset years of underfunding for safe drinking water, public transit, clean energy and other components of a healthy Michigan with a high quality of life.

Gov. Snyder appoints MEC president Kolb to public health panel

Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder last week to a 24-member Public Health Advisory Commission.