Chamber-Backed Legislation to Reform the DEQ on the Move

December 4, 2017

The Michigan Chamber recently partnered with the Michigan Farm Bureau to develop legislation to reform the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The three-bill package to increase stakeholder engagement and transparency in the DEQ's rule making process, received its first hearing last week, where the Michigan Chamber provided testimony. View a brief video update featuring Jason Geer, Director of Energy & Environmental Policy for the Michigan Chamber. 

The Senate Natural Resources Committee is expected to take up the three-bill package this week. Following is a brief rundown of each bill:

  • Senate Bill 652 strengthens the environmental rule making process by increasing stakeholder engagement and transparency, and by creating a more cooperative process to reach science-based solutions.
  • Senate Bill 653 creates an appeals board that would, upon request, serve as a scientific permit review panel similar to the body in the environmental remediation division at DEQ. 
  • Senate Bill 654 reestablishes the environmental science board created by Governor Engler in the 1990s to hear scientific environmental evidence and provide recommendation to the Governor and/or Director of the DEQ.

If your company or organization would like more information, or if you would like to know how you can help get these bills signed into law, please contact Jason Geer at (517) 371-7673 or  jgeer@michamber.com.