Environment

Key Changes Made to Part 201 Rules

In the 2014 “lame duck” session, the Michigan Legislature passed Amendments to Part 201 (Environmental Remediation) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA). Governor Snyder signed them into law in January 2015 as Public Act 542, which creates new definitions and amends current provisions regarding remediation and cleanup at sites where hazardous substances have been released.

Here are some of the key changes made to Part 201:

Updates to OSHA’s Part 1904 - Reporting and Recordkeeping Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s September 2014 updated recordkeeping rule includes two key changes. First, the rule expands the list of severe work-related injuries and illnesses that all covered employers must report to OSHA. The revised rule retains the current requirement to report all fatalities within 8 hours and adds the requirement to report all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours to OSHA.

MDEQ Offers Low-Interest Financing for Small Business Pollution Elimination Projects

Pollution reduction is great for the environment, and it’s also great for business. Projects to slow or eliminate the creation of pollutants translate to reduced business costs, both from increased efficiency and from avoided environmental compliance costs. As an added bonus, these projects create an opportunity for public goodwill and the enhanced reputation that often comes with improving sustainability.

The Department of Environmental Quality can help, offering low-interest loans to small businesses for pollution-reduction projects.

Environmental Rules Input Needed

The Michigan Chamber is seeking input on what state environmental rules need to be changed or deleted. The Office of Regulatory Reinvention is seeking recommendations on what rules its Environmental Rules Advisory Committee should review. Make sure to share your recommendations on how we can help reinvent Michigan’s regulatory system. There is a limited window of time to provide feedback.