Big Win! Contaminated Site Cleanup Reform Legislation Sent to Governor

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December 20, 2018

The Michigan Chamber been actively negotiating with the the Governor’s office to ensure the state has a contaminated site cleanup program that provides certainty for compliance, standards based on sound science, and results in timely site cleanup and closure. We are pleased to report that our powerful advocacy was successful. Legislation that will help transform Michigan’s contaminated site cleanup program has been sent to the Governor for his signature. 

Senate Bill 1244 puts into place standards for determining screening levels to ensure that DEQ staff are basing those levels on actual scientific data rather than opinion. This will provide more certainty for compliance and prevent the staff from adjusting a standard at will. It also establishes clear standards for evaluating and addressing Vapor Intrusion which recently has become a compliance challenge. The legislation makes clear that all cleanup criteria must be promulgated through the rulemaking process to be enforceable. 

Once signed into law, we believe these reforms will spur private investment in contaminated site cleanup across the state. For more information, contact Jason Geer at