Oppose
Energy & Environment

Changes to the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act

Staff Contact

Mike Alaimno

Director of Environmental & Energy Affairs

(517) 371-7673 | malaimo@michamber.com

Summary of Bill & What It Means to You

SB 1154 would make several changes to the state’s environmental protection act, specifically to the clean up criteria for commercial and industrial sites with contaminated ground soil. Among other things the bill removes several sections of language that provide flexibility in developing site specific clean up standards, and the ability for site owners and other affected businesses to utilize other pathways of compliance. The concern is this would hinder current of future remediation of commercial and industrial property and reduce property values.

Chamber Position

OPPOSED: The Michigan Chamber opposes this bill because it attempts to remove much needed flexibility and safeguards from the contaminated site clean-up process in Michigan. Michigan companies deserve to have a fair and consistent process in place so that they can effectively do the right thing and remove harmful contaminants from Michigan soil and groundwater.

Bill Sponsors

This bill is a

Primary Sponsor: Senator Jeff Irwin, District 18

Additional Supporter
Jeremy Moss, Sylvia Santana, Stephanie Chang, Adam Hollier

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Oppose
Changes to the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act

SB 1154 would make several changes to the state’s environmental protection act, specifically to the clean up criteria for commercial and industrial sites with contaminated ground soil. Among other things the bill removes several sections of language that provide flexibility in developing site specific clean up standards, and the ability for site owners and other affected businesses to utilize other pathways of compliance. The concern is this would hinder current of future remediation of commercial and industrial property and reduce property values.