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Topic: Legislation

Groups blast proposed cuts to state air, water protection programs

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State lawmakers on Tuesday proposed plans to dramatically weaken essential programs that protect Michigan residents from tainted drinking water, toxic groundwater contamination and harmful air pollution, leading environmental groups said. House and Senate subcommittees approved budget proposals that include significant cuts to Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed funding for the Department of Environmental Quality. Cuts approved by both subcommittees include a $14.9 million reduction in funds to address contaminated sites around the state, and a $2.6 million cut to enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act as it pertains to lead in drinking water.
Read MoreMar 28, 2017

Rehashed House bill aims to make Michigan mediocre again

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Legislation approved Thursday by a House panel would put the Great Lakes and public health at risk by blocking state leaders from doing anything more than the bare minimum to protect Michigan's environment and natural resources, the Michigan Environmental Council said.
Read MoreMar 23, 2017
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

Michigan Environmental Council lays out policy agenda for 2017-2018

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Testing all children for lead exposure, passing a statewide code for septic systems and becoming the first state east of the Mississippi River to open an Office of Outdoor Recreation are among the priorities in a new policy agenda unveiled Monday by the Michigan Environmental Council.
Read MoreJan 30, 2017

Michigan Environmental Council Policy Priorities 2017-2018

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Following the Flint water crisis, it is clear that state government must refocus its attention on protecting public health and the environment. Michigan Environmental Council will focus on the following priorities in the 2017-2018 legislative session. These policy priorities were developed in collaboration with our member organizations from throughout Michigan.
Download ReportJan 30, 2017

President's Column: Moving forward, recommitted to protecting the health of Michigan’s people and environment

Michigan Environmental Report
November 9 didn’t turn out to be the morning many of us had hoped for or expected. Between Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, a scant 80,000 votes—fewer than the number of Michigan football fans at the Big House on a typical fall Saturday—determined the outcome in the Electoral College. In Michigan, the difference was just over 10,000 votes, about two-tenths of a percentage point.
View ArticleJan 20, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, Renewable Energy

MEC uses panel appointment to push for more recycling and composting, less landfilling

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s landfill-first approach to waste management is getting a much-needed overhaul, and MEC is helping to lead the charge. For more than a year, Deputy Policy Director Sean Hammond has served on the state’s Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel (SWSAP), created by the Department of Environmental Quality to review Part 115 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, which regulates solid waste management. The SWSAP also includes Kerrin O’Brien, executive director of MEC member group Michigan Recycling Coalition, along with local governments, waste industry representatives and others. While it is different from the Governor’s Recycling Council created a year earlier specifically to increase residential recycling rates, the groups play complimentary roles in moving recycling forward in Michigan.
View ArticleJan 15, 2017  •  Fall 2016 / Winter 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC lauds passage of energy bills

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The Michigan Environmental Council praised state leaders Thursday for approving a comprehensive energy reform package that will continue the state's transition to a clean-energy economy and reduce energy costs for families and businesses while protecting public health and the environment. "This is an important victory more than two years in the making," said Chris Kolb, MEC president. "These bills are a vast improvement over earlier proposals and will keep Michigan's energy policy moving in the right direction.
Read MoreDec 15, 2016

MEC statement: Senate panel approves anti-public land bills

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Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Senate Natural Resources Committee's approval of Senate Bills 39 and 40: "We are disappointed that Senate leaders continue to operate from the false presumption that having an abundance of public land is a bad thing, when there is plenty of data to show that protected public land is a strong economic driver for Michigan and local communities.
Read MoreSep 21, 2016
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, Land Use, Legislation

Senate energy bills fail to protect Michigan ratepayers

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A pair of Senate bills to eliminate Michigan's wildly successful renewable power and energy efficiency standards will lead to major rate increases for families and slam the brakes on economic development in the state, the Michigan Environmental Council told lawmakers today.
Read MoreMay 4, 2016

MEC testimony on energy bills SB 437 and SB 438

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We believe the current versions of SB 437 and SB 438 are a step backwards for energy policy in Michigan. The bills fail to protect Michigan families and businesses from unreasonable rate increases, fail to protect public health and will impede economic development within the state.
Download ReportMay 4, 2016

Poll finds overwhelming public opposition to Great Lakes fish farming proposals

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Michigan residents overwhelmingly oppose proposals to allow commercial fish farming in the Great Lakes, poll results released Tuesday show. The EPIC-MRA poll found that nearly 7 in 10 Michiganders are against opening Michigan's Great Lakes waters to commercial net-pen aquaculture. The opposition cut across geographic, political and demographic lines and increased when participants learned more about the issue.
Read MoreFeb 2, 2016

Proposal 1 -- What it is and why MEC supports it

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Michigan Environmental Council supports Proposal 1 and is a member of the Safe Roads Yes! Coalition. Our fact sheet analyses the proposal and the related transportation funding bill package that will go into effect if Proposal 1 passes.
View ArticleApr 9, 2015

Proposal 1 and Transportation Funding

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Michigan Environmental Council supports Proposal 1 and is a member of the Safe Roads Yes! Coalition. Download our fact sheet and FAQ to learn more about Proposal 1 and the related transportation funding bill package that will go into effect if Proposal 1 passes. Proposal 1 will be on the ballot during a special election on May 5, 2015.
Download ReportApr 9, 2015

President's Column: Two huge thank-yous and a to-do list for 2015

Michigan Environmental Report
In the months since the fall print edition of the Michigan Environmental Report, MEC won two important victories that underscore the power of the respect and relationships we’ve cultivated among state leaders.
View ArticleMar 19, 2015  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC boosts capacity at Capitol with new Deputy Policy Director Sean Hammond

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) has hired Sean Hammond to strengthen its team of policy experts at the state Capitol.
View ArticleMar 16, 2015  •  Winter 2015 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

Michigan Environmental Council statement on Rep. Nesbitt's energy package

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The Michigan Environmental Council issued the following statement in response to the package of energy bills revealed today by Rep. Aric Nesbitt:
Read MoreMar 5, 2015

MEC boosts capacity at Capitol with new Deputy Policy Director Sean Hammond

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The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) has hired Sean Hammond to strengthen its team of policy experts at the state Capitol, the organization's president, Chris Kolb, announced today. As Deputy Policy Director, Hammond will help MEC build and maintain relationships with lawmakers, stay abreast of new bills and legislative committee activities, and keep the organization's member groups informed about developments at the Capitol.
Read MoreFeb 4, 2015
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

MEC lauds Snyder for protecting biodiversity with veto pen

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The Michigan Environmental Council today hailed Gov. Rick Snyder's veto of Senate Bill 78, a misguided piece of anti-science legislation that would have blocked state agencies from designating land to protect biological diversity.
Read MoreJan 15, 2015

MEC lays out policy priorities to move Michigan forward in new legislative term

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Michigan Environmental Council today released a proactive policy agenda outlining actions state leaders should take in the upcoming legislative cycle for a stronger economy, cleaner environment and higher quality of life in the Great Lake State. The list of policy priorities encompasses a broad range of issues, from protecting our water resources and iconic wild places to accelerating our state’s transition to a clean-energy economy, building a modern transportation system and ending lead poisoning in Michigan.
Read MoreDec 22, 2014

Michigan Environmental Council Policy Priorities 2015-16

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Michigan Environmental Council will focus its energy on the following priorities in the new legislative session. These and other goals emerged after five regional meetings with MEC member groups and partners statewide. At MEC’s annual meeting in October 2014, member groups identified this final priority list as the most important set of issues to address in the near term.
Download ReportDec 22, 2014

MEC leads effort to build new scientific knowledge about Michigan’s coastal dunes

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan is home to the world’s largest system of freshwater coastal dunes, and one segment—the Sleeping Bear Dunes—has earned a reputation as the most beautiful place in the country. And yet, important as they are to Michigan’s ecology, recreation economy and unique identity, some fundamental questions remain about the extent and future ecological integrity of our dunes.
View ArticleDec 2, 2014  •  Summer / Fall 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, Legislation

President’s Column: How the transportation deal stalled

Michigan Environmental Report
The condition of Michigan’s roads, bridges and public transportation is, to put it mildly, nothing to brag about. So it was a big opportunity for MEC when, in 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder asked us to be at the table as he began to develop his transportation and infrastructure special message to the legislature. We told the governor then what we still say today: How you spend your transportation dollars is just as important as how much you spend. In the three years since, we’ve been working not only to secure adequate funding for our transportation system, but also to transform it.
View ArticleJul 2, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing succeeds in gaining additional state budget funds to save children from lead poisoning

Michigan Environmental Report
The state legislature passed a budget in June that included $500,000 more for lead abatement, raising the total for lead remediation in the 2015 budget to $1.75 million. The Safe Homes/Safe Kids: Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH) coalition brought people to the Capitol in advance of the budget hearings for a day of outreach to state policymakers. Coalition members also testified before both the House and Senate during the budget process.
View ArticleJul 1, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Transit Matters campaign finds online audience

Michigan Environmental Report
This spring, as the Michigan legislature worked to craft a bill package to increase transportation funding, Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M) coalition members and staff promoted the importance of improving Michigan’s complete transportation system through their #TransitMatters social media and communications campaign. Insightful, fun and enlightening graphics highlighted the many reasons that funding our public transit, rail, waterways, trails and dial-a-ride services is just as important as funding our roads and bridges
View ArticleJul 1, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bills would allow use of hazardous materials without landowner's consent

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Property owners could have hazardous industrial byproducts placed on their land without their consent under legislation being considered this week in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Read MoreApr 30, 2014

Lead poisoning prevention advocates come to the Capitol; Rep. Olumba gets personal about his daughters’ lead exposure

News Updates
Advocates who helped secure $1.25 million for lead poisoning prevention funding in this year’s state budget blanketed the Capitol this month, showing lawmakers that the money is being effectively spent and advocating for continued funding in this year’s budget.
View ArticleFeb 28, 2014

MEC connects WMU students, state lawmakers on Mackinac Straits oil pipeline issue

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Dozens of Western Michigan University (WMU) students descended on the State Capitol and the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) office Wednesday, asking state legislators to address Enbridge Energy Company’s aging oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
View ArticleFeb 27, 2014

133 Michigan scientists have a message for Governor Rick Snyder: Just say no

Michigan Environmental Report
We asked University of Michigan School of Natural Resources Professor Bradley Cardinale, PhD, to answer some of our questions about the anti-biodiversity Senate Bill 78. The legislation would redefine the term “biodiversity” in state law and prohibit state agencies from designating public lands to protect biological diversity. The bill passed the State Senate and was pending in the Michigan House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee at press time.
View ArticleSep 20, 2013  •  Summer 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Success! State budget includes $1.25 million to help keep Michigan kids safe from lead dangers

Michigan Environmental Report
More than $1 million to help keep Michigan children safe from lead poisoning was included in a budget bill signed in June by Governor Rick Snyder. The allocation was a direct result of advocacy and education efforts by the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH). MEC is part of the coalition’s core leadership team.
View ArticleJun 20, 2013  •  Spring 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC steps up to chart a vision for Michigan’s “Big Wild”

Michigan Environmental Report
The Pigeon River Country State Forest has for decades been the crucible for conservation in Michigan. It’s the focus of heated debates and hard-won compromises about how to manage a place—and by extension, a state—rich in both stunning natural beauty and precious natural resources.
View ArticleJun 20, 2013  •  Spring 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Conservation, Land Use, Legislation

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleJun 20, 2013  •  Spring 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Success! State budget includes $1.25 million to keep Michigan kids safe from lead dangers

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More than 6,500 kids in Michigan have elevated lead levels, which lead to lost IQ, permanent damage to reproductive and endocrine systems, behavior and aggression problems and many others. This funding will help reduce the number of poisoned children.
Read MoreJun 20, 2013

Critical Dune permit application, White River Township

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This application to the state seeks to build a road through a township dune sanctuary as part of a driveway project. The driveway is allowed "by right," even through a Critical Dunes area, under changes to a state law approved in 2012.
Download ReportApr 10, 2013
RELATED TOPICS: Land Use, Legislation, Conservation

President's Column: A reasonable proposal for continuing Michigan’s renewable energy momentum

Michigan Environmental Report
Gov. Rick Snyder has launched a series of public discussions regarding energy policy in Michigan. The first of those seven meetings took place Feb. 14 in Lansing. A day later, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) released its annual report on renewable energy. The report found that Michigan is well on its way to meeting the renewable energy standard of 10% by 2015, and the price of renewable energy continues to fall.
View ArticleMar 25, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC hosts biennial breakfast to welcome new and veteran lawmakers

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More than 100 legislators, legislative staff and MEC member group representatives gathered Jan. 30 for the Michigan Environmental Council’s biennial Legislative Breakfast.
View ArticleMar 16, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: MEC Member Groups, Legislation

President's Column: Troubling partisan gulf threatens environmental protection

Michigan Environmental Report
A Pew Research Center report issued in June affirms what most of us already sense: Political polarization in this country is growing at an accelerated pace. The big news here is that political identity is now the greatest division among us; more than race, class or sex.
View ArticleJun 20, 2012  •  Spring 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

Michigan Senate OKs changes to dune protection law

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Builders would have an easier time gaining approval for houses, driveways and other projects in sensitive seaside areas under proposed legislation that would make the first significant changes in Michigan's sand dune protection law in nearly a quarter-century.
View ArticleJun 7, 2012

Legislature moves to gut Michigan's bottle bill

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The Senate Regulatory Reform Committee today voted out legislation that may be the beginning of the end for Michigan’s bottle bill. The proponents of HB 5660 say they are simply trying to exempt new drink “pouches” that are intended to be frozen then emptied into a glass. However, the language of the bill is much broader and would exempt any beverage container that combines metal with plastic, or plastic with paper.
Read MoreJun 5, 2012

Don't Trash Pure Michigan

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Michigan Environmental Council opposes House Bill 5660, which proposes to amend Michigan's successful bottle bill. The legislation looks to exempt alcohol pouch containers from our 10-cent bottle deposit.
View ArticleMay 25, 2012

One if By Land: The Legislative Ground Assault on Pure Michigan

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So much of what makes Pure Michigan so pure starts with our land—the miles of forests, the majestic dunes, the undeveloped trout streams and backcountry trails. Without the incredible Great Lakes landscapes that define us, we’d just be another Indiana, Ohio or Missouri.
View ArticleMay 14, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

Bill would send yard waste to dumps; ‘guaranteed bankruptcy’ for composters

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Bills being considered by the Michigan House of Representatives today would drive the state’s composting operations out of business.
Read MoreMar 15, 2012

MEC strongly urges Representatives to reject HB 4265 and HB 4266 -- yard waste ban exemption

Michigan Environmental Report
More greenhouse gases, more landfills and more layoff notices make these bills bad policy for the State of Michigan. Instead Michigan should be exploring policies that would make us a clean energy leader around the country.
View ArticleMar 14, 2012  •  March 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

Legislation seeks to rescind 17-year-old ban on landfilled yard waste; compost industry jobs at stake

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The Michigan House of Representatives is debating bills that would rescind the state’s 17-year ban on yard waste in landfills – a move that would cost jobs in the state’s burgeoning compost industry and eliminate an industry that provides valuable, nutrient-dense compost to Michigan homes and businesses.
Read MoreMar 14, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, Green Economy

Patty Birkholz talks offshore wind

Michigan Environmental Report
Former State senator Patty Birkholz- Known for her effectiveness and for her trademark purple wardrobe- is Gov. Rick Snyder's director of the Michigan office of the Great Lakes.
View ArticleDec 20, 2011  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Legislation

MEC praises governor's veto

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Bill would have crippled state's ability to protect Great Lakes
Read MoreDec 1, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

Michigan Senate votes to strip Michigan governor’s authority, cede Great Lakes decisions to Washington

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Environmental groups blast move to strip Michigan governors of authority to protect Great Lakes and other Pure Michigan treasures
Read MoreNov 10, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

House votes to strip Great Lakes protections, governor's authority

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A bill passed by the Michigan House would prohibit Michigan from adopting rules more stringent than federal standards unless authorized by statute. The Great Lakes, then, would be subject to the same rules as ponds in Arizona and creeks in New Mexico.
Read MoreJun 16, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN: Plunging into a legislative session with open lines of communication

Michigan Environmental Report
If the first months of 2011 are any indication, we are in for a barn burner of a year. From Gov. Snyder’s administration coming into office and releasing its first budget, to a new legislature getting started and environmental legislation already moving, there won’t be much time to catch a breath. As we predicted last year, it’s going to be all hands on deck during this legislative session.
View ArticleMar 24, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

OUTDOORS: Recreation Passport is paying off so far

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s innovative new state park funding is providing a glimmer of good fiscal news amid a backdrop of budget woes.
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

CHILDREN’S HEALTH: Toxic chemicals in kids’ toys would be disclosed under legislation being crafted at the State Capitol

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan parents would have new tools to help keep their kids safe from toxic chemicals in toys under legislation expected soon in the State Senate. The bill would require large toy manufacturers and importers to disclose their use of hazardous chemicals in children’s products.
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Analyzing Gov. Snyder’s budget: Significant general fund cuts to natural resources protections

Michigan Environmental Report
Significant cuts in general fund revenue to agencies that protect Michigan’s natural resources were outlined by Gov. Rick Snyder in the budget plan he unveiled Feb. 17. The proposal – now being vigorously debated across the state – also seeks fee increases on businesses to fund certain enforcement programs and cuts tax incentives for redevelopment of contaminated lands – commonly referred to as brownfields.
View ArticleFeb 23, 2011  •  February 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

House Dems plan for coal-burning plants: Bad business for Michigan

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Michigan's House Democratic leadership courts rate increases, undermines state's clean energy job growth with support for unnecessary coal plants
Read MoreJan 13, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, Clean Energy

President's Column: The voters have spoken! Now we have to figure out what they really said

Michigan Environmental Report
In Michigan, as across the nation, voters took out their anger with the continuing economic recession on the party in charge. A key factor in the election was that many voters stayed home. Close to 640,000 voters (300,000 Democrats and 340,000 Independents) who voted four years ago in the last gubernatorial election were uninspired to vote this year. Thus, Republicans swept to power, taking all of the statewide offices, including the Supreme Court; grew their legislative majority in the State Senate; and took a huge 20-seat swing in the State House to retake the majority. Winning the election may turn out to be the easy part.
View ArticleDec 14, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, Land Use

Complete Streets signed into law!

Michigan Environmental Report
For 60 years, Michigan’s roads have been designed with little else in mind besides the automobile. Today, many in Michigan realize we can and should do better to incorporate the needs of all other road users. Doing so means safer streets, increasingly walkable and bikeable central cities, and more vibrant business districts.
View ArticleAug 30, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: Scared? Sure, but state needs vision, not fear mongering, to lead us out of the economic abyss

Michigan Environmental Report
In real estate, it’s location, location, location. In politics today, it’s jobs, jobs, jobs. Not necessarily green jobs, not clean tech jobs, just plain jobs, jobs, jobs.
View ArticleMar 1, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

President's Column: Under a cracked dome--A view from the Capitol

Michigan Environmental Report
If you need a reason to have your voice heard in Lansing, here are two good ones. They are recent statements by House Speaker Andy Dillon and Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop that really got me going. First off, I know both these leaders personally and consider them friends. I have the utmost respect for them, which makes their statements even harder to swallow.
View ArticleNov 27, 2009  •  Fall 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

Wetlands program saved, but state budget puts the Great Lakes and public health at serious risk

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The legislature will return to Lansing today to put the final touches on a bill that will keep Michigan’s wetlands program running at the state level for an additional three years. Proposals had been made to send the program back to the federal government to operate on a limited basis.
Read MoreOct 1, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

House plan lets Michigan protect Great Lakes and state’s wetlands

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Michigan’s environmental community today applauded efforts in the Michigan House Great Lakes and the Environment committee to preserve state-based protection of Michigan’s wetlands and Great Lakes waters.
Read MoreSep 28, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

MEC responds to State Senate vote to cripple environmental oversight

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Response from Michigan Environmental Council to State Senate’s vote to cede authority to federal government, cripple state environmental protections
Read MoreJun 17, 2009
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How MEC works to make the Windspire succeed

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council’s successes at the State Capitol—and its current agenda in Lansing—have helped clean energy industries like Mastech Manufacturing provide new jobs and economic vitality to a state reeling from auto industry woes.
View ArticleJun 4, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Legislation

President's Column: Michigan’s Washington delegation hears from MEC as nation weighs energy future

Michigan Environmental Report
True leadership is a combination of vision and action. Today, our political leadership often lacks both. Too many leaders are stuck in the past or present, unaware or unconcerned that their decisions today will impact our nation for 40 or 50 years.
View ArticleMay 29, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, Clean Energy

Clift: 2009 will see more work on key issues like energy, water, transit and phosphorus

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan Environmental Council Policy Director James Clift spoke with the Michigan Environmental Report recently about 2008’s victories, 2009 goals, and whether he sometimes wants to strangle people over at the State Capitol. Here’s what he had to say.
View ArticleFeb 18, 2009  •  Winter 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

Year-end flurry caps off good year for environmental, health protections in Michigan

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A flurry of year-end legislation protecting public health and Michigan’s environment passed the Michigan Legislature late Thursday. The measures cap a year of tremendous accomplishments in protecting our Great Lakes, stimulating job creation in the clean energy sector and protecting children from toxics in toys and other products.
Read MoreDec 19, 2008
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Lana winds down 12 years at MEC

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack steps down at the end of 2008 after a 12-year tenure overseeing unprecedented growth, tremendous victories for the state’s natural resources and an increasingly robust influence in the corridors of power at the State Capitol.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, MEC Member Groups

Clean energy legislation signed by Governor: The economy and the environment win

Michigan Environmental Report
A victory for Michigan’s environment and economy was secured in September with the adoption of new energy efficiency programming and the state’s first renewable energy standard.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Great Lakes Compact: Key protections for world’s greatest freshwater resource

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Congressional passage of the Great Lakes Compact provides important new protections from large-scale water diversions and a framework for strengthening state water laws, a coalition of Michigan environmental groups said today.
Read MoreSep 23, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, Water Protection

Agreement scores new, concrete protections for Michigan water resources

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A bipartisan agreement announced today establishes important and concrete protections for Michigan’s streams and makes water conservation an integral part of the state’s water stewardship efforts.
Read MoreJun 23, 2008

The curse of small-bore thinking

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan leaders need to think bigger. For decades, we’ve slipped out of national leadership on the economy, education, cultural resources and environmental protection. At best, we’re a pale shadow in the middle of the pack in each of these arenas. And we’re still bleeding.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Legislative budget debacle requires re-examination of leadership, term limits

Michigan Environmental Report
There were few heroes and not a lot to admire in the tortuous road to Michigan’s recently passed tax, budget and policy bills. But it could have been worse, and I was among those who let out a collective sigh of relief at 4:30 AM on Oct. 1.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

Editorial: Pesticide rules do little to protect children and pregnant women from dangerous lawn care chemicals

Michigan Environmental Report
More than two years after the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) opened up the rulemaking process for pesticide use in Michigan, the verdict is in, and it’s not pretty.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Pesticides, Agriculture, Legislation

Entrepreneurs to legislature: Give us the tools to make Michigan a wind power player!

Michigan Environmental Report
Hoping to rouse a legislature distracted by the state’s budgetary woes, wind energy experts and entrepreneurs addressed their role in Michigan’s economy at the "Manufacturing and Developing Wind Energy Systems in Michigan" symposium held Sept. 10 and 11 at Michigan State University.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Wind Power, Legislation

Food and farming on agenda in Lansing, Washington

Michigan Environmental Report
Here’s a roundup of some notable recent or pending actions on food policy in the world of policy-making, politics and research:
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Food Policy, Legislation

Personal choices and Sen. Stabenow: Both factors in how farms protect or destroy our environmental values

Michigan Environmental Report
I’m ashamed to admit it, but at dinner time I’m a pretty lousy environmentalist. I still eat too high on the food chain (environmental-speak for red meat and other animal flesh); and I seldom organize my weekend around getting to our farmers’ market.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Food Policy, Legislation

Budget crisis: No relief in sight for state's natural resources

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s budget crisis promises to be the only game in Lansing for the foreseeable future, dominating headlines, politics and policy throughout 2007. The implications for environmental protection are foreboding: general fund money for the agencies charged with protecting Michigan’s air, land, water and public health have been dwindling since 2001, and the descent will continue for the foreseeable future.
View ArticleMay 15, 2007  •  Spring 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

Great Lakes protections on DC agenda

Michigan Environmental Report
Congress currently has before it many initiatives that could protect and restore our water resources. Your help is needed to make these initiatives become reality. Contact your members of Congress and urge them to support the following bills:
View ArticleMay 15, 2007  •  Spring 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Water Protection, Legislation

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
Legislation signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in late 2006 outlaws several types of mercury-containing medical devices in Michigan. The move helps keep this dangerous neurotoxin out of our landfills and incinerator emissions.
View ArticleFeb 1, 2007  •  Winter 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

Legislation finally addresses billboard proliferation along Michigan roadways

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan ranks second in the nation in the number of billboards, according to Scenic Michigan, an affiliate of the national nonprofit group Scenic America. This proliferation of billboards attacks the visual beauty of Michigan. However, with Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s approval of new legislation, positive changes are on the way for 2007.
View ArticleFeb 1, 2007  •  Winter 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation

Priorities for new legislature run the gamut

Michigan Environmental Report
A new Michigan Legislature brings new opportunities to protect Michigan’s natural resources. The environmental community is already gearing up for what could shape up as a crucial year for environmental protection. Among our priorities will be the following:
View ArticleFeb 1, 2007  •  Winter 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation
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