MEC & WMEAC call out DEQ’s attempt to repeal its rulemaking authority

Press Releases
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued new limits on allowable levels of PFAS -- a class of manufactured chemicals -- in drinking water and set standards for the clean up of contaminated sites. However, in a separate action, the DEQ attempts to surrender its authority to issue similar environmental protections in the future. While Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) and West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) applaud the new scientifically backed standard on PFAS, they urge the DEQ to drop its proposal to repeal the rule allowing them to set similar standards that protect public health.
Read MoreJan 10, 2018

We’re Talking Trash in Grand Rapids on Jan. 10

Michigan Environmental Report
Did you know that Michigan has the lowest recycling rate in the Great Lakes region? That’s right, Ohio has us beat. But we have good news! We’ve been hard at work revamping Michigan’s solid waste law. If the current version is passed, it’ll boost recycling, composting and generate new green jobs. Join Michigan Environmental Council for “Talking Trash” -- the first in our new Michigan Distilled event series. Our resident recycling expert will share more about the bill, how it’ll affect West Michigan and what you can do to help it pass.
View ArticleJan 10, 2018  •  Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 - Michigan Environmental Report
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MEC & Michigan LCV to host drinking water town hall in Kalamazoo on Jan. 25

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On Thursday, January 25, the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) and Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) will hold a drinking water town hall in Kalamazoo. The event is designed to provide residents an opportunity to learn about their drinking water, including where it comes from, how it is treated and transported on the way to their taps, and what contaminants are potentially present.
Read MoreJan 5, 2018

Great Lakes advocates slam Michigan plan to weaken ballast water standards

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On Wednesday, November 8, leading advocates for the Great Lakes and Michigan’s natural resources denounced an effort by Michigan legislators to lower the state’s standards for ballast water treatment against aquatic invasive species. The bill would be a significant step backward from the state’s long history of leadership in protecting the Great Lakes.
Read MoreNov 8, 2017

Media Advisory: Loving our Dunes to Death?

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Join us for discussion with experts as they share their latest insights into our freshwater coastal dune system and learn more about how we can best balance conservation with enjoyment.
Read MoreNov 1, 2017

Clean energy advocates celebrate opening of Traverse City solar array

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Traverse City took a leap forward in meeting its ambitious goal of powering 100% of city operations with clean energy on Thursday, October 26 with the opening of the M-72 Solar Project.
Read MoreOct 26, 2017
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