Thursday, February 07, 2019

UPDATE: Gov. Whitmer discusses drinking water executive order, seeks legal opinion on "fox in henhouse" commissions

LANSING -- On Feb. 6, 2019, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a brief media availability after House Republicans voted against her executive order to protect the Great Lakes and clean up Michigan's drinking water. To watch the press conference, click here.

In a Feb. 6, 2019, letter Governor Whitmer requested a legal opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel regarding the legality of the Environmental Rules Review Committee and the Environmental Permit Review Commission (introduced in Senate Bills 652 and 653, which became Public Acts 267 and 268 on June 28, 2018, under the Snyder administration).

"From high lead levels to PFAS contamination to foul-smelling emissions, the people of Michigan have faced increasing threats to our drinking water, air, the Great Lakes, and our overall public health," said Whitmer. "These commissions create unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles that get in the way of our state government responding to problems with drinking water quickly, and their creation may violate federal requirements under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. I look forward to hearing from Attorney General Nessel as we work to resolve this issue and ensure every community has clean, safe drinking water."

To read the full letter, click here.

Editor's Note: See this recent article in Bridge Magazine: "Michigan Republicans move to block Gov. Whitmer’s environmental overhaul."

The Michigan Senate may also vote on the House Resolution against Whitmer's EO 2019-2. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters urges citizens to contact their state senator by using this form.

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