Michigan Bills to Improve Environmental Regulatory Process Sent to Governor
DON’T DELAY! Please contact Governor Rick Snyder to request support for S.B. 652-654:
- S.B. 652-654 create a more cooperative environmental regulatory process at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), including voices from the small business and manufacturing communities.
- S.B. 652-654 establish an Environmental Rules Review Committee, which will evaluate proposed environmental rules and advise on whether to advance them. Affected industries represented include statewide environmental and conservation groups, local governments, the general public, public utilities, and small business, manufacturing solid waste, oil and gas, and agriculture groups.
- S.B. 652-654 also establish an Environmental Permit Review Commission, and creates an Environmental Science Board to advise on issues affecting the protection of the environment or management of the state’s natural resources.
Overview: Legislation (S.B. 652-654) was introduced in Michigan to create a more cooperative environmental regulatory process at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). An Environmental Rules Review Committee to advise the DEQ on proposed environmental regulations, an Environmental Permit Review Commission with members selected by the governor and an Environmental Science Board to advise on issues affecting the protection of the environment or management of the state’s natural resources would all be established. The bills passed the legislature and were sent to Governor Snyder for approval.