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

Eliminates Renew Michigan funding.
Status:
Introduced
Requires any oil and gas drilling in a county with more than 750,000 people must be done not less then 2,000 feet from a home.
Status:
Introduced
Allows local control for oil and gas drilling.
Status:
Introduced
Requires all contaminated drinking water be cleaned up to meet residential drinking water standards.
Status:
Introduced
Eliminates no more stringent then federal law passed last year.
Status:
Introduced
Creates a drinking water standard for PFAS.
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.

DTE speeds move to renewable energy: What it means for customers

DTE Energy CEO Gerry Anderson announced a more aggressive schedule Thursday for the Detroit-based power company to reduce its carbon output and rely more on renewable energy sources including wind and solar. "In Michigan, we are in the midst of a fundamental energy transformation," Anderson told reporters.

Michigan completes first statewide study of PFAS in water supply

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) today announced the results from the 2018 state-wide sampling of public, school and tribal water supplies for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The $1.7 million study is the first of its kind in the nation.

Congress to weigh bill making PFAS eligible for federal cleanup funding

Bipartisan legislation to prompt PFAS cleanup eligibility is the latest attempt among elected officials from Michigan to strengthen the federal approach to the persistent chemicals that threaten drinking water supplies and the environment.

Introducing the new Dow

The company, set to launch this spring, will stay focused on cash generation, CEO Fitterling says. Dow will separate from DowDuPont on April 1, 2019, after spending a year and a half merged with DuPont. But the firm that emerges from the temporary matchup will be considerably different from the one that went in.

Dow to Help Lead $1 Billion Global Alliance to End Plastic Waste in the Environment

Alliance to End Plastic Waste to focus on waste management infrastructure, innovation, education, engagement and clean-up of plastic waste. Dow is playing a lead role in the formation of a new alliance of global companies to advance solutions that eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.

‘This is not controversial’: Bipartisan group of economists calls for carbon tax

Forty-five top economists from across the political spectrum are calling for the United States to put a tax on carbon, saying it is by far the best way for the nation to address climate change.