Environment

Updated: $1.3B budget supplementals shoot to governor

BY: - December 21, 2018

Updated, 8:10 a.m. Dec. 21 In the wee hours of the morning, the Michigan House voted in bipartisan fashion on supplemental budget spending totaling more than $1.3 billion. The Senate gave its final stamp of approval, sending bills to Gov. Rick Snyder. The legislation includes funding for PFAS cleanup, the Soo Locks and school districts […]

Updated: Snyder to decide on deregulating wetlands

BY: and - December 21, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder will now decide on a plan to deregulate some small wetlands that could be filled and dredged after the Legislature approved the bill during a marathon session stretching into early Friday morning. But the bill was dramatically scaled back in the version the Michigan House voted on late into the last Lame Duck session […]

Snyder expected to OK tax shift for schools, roads, environmental cleanup

BY: - December 21, 2018

After a day of dealmaking, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign a budget supplemental that will shift revenue from the School Aid Fund (SAF) to carry out road repairs and environmental cleanups. House Bill 4991, sponsored by state Rep. Ed Canfield (R-Sebewaing), passed the Michigan House early this morning in a close 56-51 vote. […]

DEQ staffers tell Snyder to veto weaker enviro cleanup standards

BY: - December 21, 2018

In a rare show of opposition, 82 state employees working for the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have urged Gov. Rick Snyder to veto legislation they say would present “unacceptable risks” to the public. The employees wrote that proposed changes “are based solely on the cost of cleanups” for responsible companies and “have no basis […]

Senate shifts $200M from schools for roads, environmental cleanup

BY: - December 20, 2018

Updated, 7:20 p.m. The Michigan Senate today passed legislation that would divert sales tax dollars that traditionally go to the School Aid Fund (SAF) to fix roads and do environmental cleanups. The House is expected to take action on what is supposed to be the last day of legislative action in Lansing. After the vote, […]

Snyder signs deer sterilization bill

BY: - December 20, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation that would bar municipalities besides Ann Arbor from sterilizing deer for more than three years. The Republican governor gave his blessing to House Bill 5321, sponsored by Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), which blocks the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from issuing sterilization permits for large game until April […]

New PFAS report issued as Snyder looks for cleanup funding

BY: - December 19, 2018

A new scientific report from a state task force issued nearly 20 recommendations for Michigan to attempt to reign in harmful chemicals known as PFAS. Conducted by Gov. Rick Snyder’s PFAS Science Advisory Panel, the report first suggests that the state identify where PFAS is contaminating drinking water supplies and implement a strategy to remediate […]

Snyder’s Enbridge panel OKs plan to keep Line 5 flowing

BY: - December 19, 2018

Canadian energy company Enbridge won state approval Wednesday to replace an oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac after a new panel charged with overseeing the plan gave its blessing. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources made the announcement just hours after the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority’s (MSCA) inaugural meeting was held Wednesday afternoon […]

Feds give Flint $2.2M to strip lead paint

BY: - December 19, 2018

Flint was awarded a federal grant for $2.2 million to find and remove lead-based paint from homes across the city, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) announced Wednesday. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after Kildee had previously asked the department for the lead-removal funding, according to the congressman’s office. […]

New Enbridge tunnel process off to rocky start

BY: - December 18, 2018

Today is the last day for the public to submit written comments on a new tunnel housing Enbridge’s Line 5 under the bedrock of the Straits of Mackinac. That’s less than a week after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation that would shore up the pipeline opposed by environmental groups. You can read the proposed agreement […]

Some Lame Duck bills now likely dead after missing key deadline

BY: - December 17, 2018

The Michigan Legislature is on track to make the 2018 Lame Duck period the busiest in the body’s history, taking up legislation on issues ranging from changes to the new redistricting commission called for in Proposal 2 to deer sterilization permits. But several bills introduced in the Michigan House and Senate are now considered dead. […]

GOP bill could shore up state parks funding

BY: - December 17, 2018

Buried in the cavalcade of the GOP-controlled Legislature’s Lame Duck activity is a bill that could be a boon to funding for Michigan’s state parks. Senate Bill 1258, sponsored by term-limited state Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-Hart), makes a simple change in how the state’s Recreation Passport operates. The bill passed the Michigan Senate 29-8 last […]