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

Creates the Air Quality Enforcement and Mitigation fund to assist communities affected by air pollution.
Status:
Introduced
Defines under what conditions a local government may get a special zoning variance for construction in sand dunes.
Status:
Introduced
Requires compliance with local oil and gas ordinances as a condition of permitting in communities of a certain size.
Status:
Introduced
Amends oil and gas drilling setbacks from 450 feet to 2,000 feet.
Status:
Introduced
Eliminates no more stringent than federal law that applies to all agency rules.
Status:
Introduced
Amends various acts to regulate the use and reporting of firefighting foam containing PFAs chemicals.
Status:
Introduced

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.

Whitmer reopens talks with Enbridge; revised Line 5 tunnel deal an option

The Detroit News, published April 16, 2019
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants a faster plan to decommission Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipeline but is not ruling out the possibility of allowing the company to house a replacement in a tunnel deep beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

MPART Selects Panel to Recommend PFAS Standards for Drinking Water

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) today named three environmental and health experts to a Science Advisory Workgroup to review existing and proposed health-based drinking water standards from around the nation for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Science Advisory Workgroup is under a July 1, 2019, deadline to develop health-based recommendations for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to consider as part of its rulemaking process for Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for PFAS in drinking water.

Analysis: Why utilities aren’t doing more with renewable natural gas

Natural gas, hailed by some as the bridge to a clean energy future, is feeling the strain of fitting into a low-carbon future. While cleaner than coal and oil, it still has significant greenhouse gas emissions, especially if leaks from production and pipelines are counted. Now some natural gas utilities are trying to green up their fuel by promoting the use of renewable natural gas. On the horizon are experiments using surplus wind and solar electricity to make methane using hydrogen in a synthetic natural gas formula.

Are Plastic Bag Bans Garbage?

University of Sydney economist Rebecca Taylor started studying bag regulations because it seemed as though every time she moved for a new job — from Washington, D.C., to California to Australia — bag restrictions were implemented shortly after. "Yeah, these policies might be following me," she jokes. Taylor recently published a study of bag regulations in California. It's a classic tale of unintended consequences.

CEO of oil group sees no slowdown in US production

Mike Sommers, head of The American Petroleum Institute, recently talked with The Associated Press about the energy industry, climate change, offshore drilling and other issues.

MPART to assemble PFAS experts to inform drinking water standards

State officials plan to assemble a panel of scientists this week to advise the state on PFAS contamination. Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently directed officials to develop drinking water standards for PFAS.