Energy & Environment

Resource Center

The Michigan Chamber’s Energy and Environment Resource Center is a site dedicated to keeping members updated on industry news, a wide range of regulatory and legislative issues related to air emission, water use, waste management, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy rates.

The site also houses the Michigan Chamber's Energy and Environment Committee action material relating to environmental and energy issues.  The committee is made up of experts within companies from across Michigan. Members of the committee are responsible for developing proposed policies relating to environmental and energy issues. The primary focus of the committee is on state-level issues under consideration in Lansing; however, the committee also addresses related federal issues. Policy recommendations from the committee are forwarded to the Michigan Chamber Board of Directors for action at one of its three yearly meetings. Following Board approval, Chamber staff is responsible for carrying out policy through legislative testimony, agency, and public relations activities.

Legislation

Bans flowback water as dust suppressant.
Status:
Introduced
Creates $500,000 fine for any petroleum that is discharged into state waters.
Status:
Introduced
Requires all contaminated drinking water be cleaned up to meet residential drinking water standards.
Status:
Introduced
Permits indexing of solid waste surcharge based on Detroit consumer price index.
Status:
Introduced
Creates advisory committee on future mining
Status:
Introduced
Creates air quality enforcement and mitigation fund.
Status:
Introduced

Regulations

Oil and Gas Operations

The DEQ is in the process of applying for primacy from the U.S. EPA to implement the Class II Underground Injection Control Program. This requires the DEQ to demonstrate that the State of Michigan has an equally effective program for the protection of underground sources of drinking water (USDWs) compared to federal standards.

Part 4. Emissions Limitations and Prohibitions - Sulfur-Bearing Compounds

Revises four rules to update material adopted by reference and creates a new rule for controlling SO2 at large coal-burning power plants in St. Clair County.

Supplying Water to the Public

To establish enforceable drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found during the 2018 sampling of Michigan’s public drinking water supplies. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established an unenforceable lifetime health advisory level for total perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), many academia, health officials, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) deem this advisory level is too high. In addition, the lack of an enforceable standard for PFOS and PFOA and other commonly found PFAS chemicals impairs the DEQ’s ability to take enforceable actions to protect human health and the environment.

Articles of Interest

The Articles of Interest do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Michigan Chamber. It is vital that this site provides members with the latest news that impact the industry.

CEO: Xcel will likely need gas or nuclear power to reach carbon-free goals

Star Tribune, May 22, 2019
While Xcel Energy aims to produce 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050, renewable energy alone will not meet that goal.

First on CNN Business: GM and Bechtel plan to build thousands of electric car charging stations across the US

CNN Business, May 28, 2019
The two companies have agreed to create a new company that will build the charger network.

Georgia Enacts Prohibition on PFAS Firefighting Foam

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, published April 15, 2019
In the final hours of the 2019 Georgia legislative session, the House agreed to the Senate’s revision to the firefighting foam regulation bill, House Bill 458, with an almost unanimous vote of 159 to 1.

Nestlé Waters CEO: 100% packaging recovery is possible

Plastics Recycling Update, published April 17, 2019
The leader of one of the world’s largest bottle water businesses recently detailed the company’s recycling strategy, noting it supports deposit legislation and other steps to boost supply.

Revised Ohio nuclear ‘bailout’ bill raises more questions

Energy News Network, published April 12, 2019
An updated version of the bill would still exclude most wind and solar from clean air credits, while allowing payments to unspecified “reduced emissions resources” that could include gas and coal.

Opinion: A Market-Driven Green New Deal? We’d Be Unstoppable

The New York Times, published April 18, 2019
The best thing to come from the Senate’s floor debate on the Green New Deal late last month may have been these eminently sane remarks, calling on lawmakers of both parties to “move together” in order “to lower emissions, to address the reality of climate change, recognizing that we’ve got an economy we need to keep strong, that we have vulnerable people we need to protect, that we have an environment that we all care about — Republicans and Democrats.”