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Topic: Chemical Policy

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

Toxic taps: Hazardous chemical plumes are growing at a former Air Force base in northern Michigan

Michigan Environmental Report
Last fall, Kathy Abernathy and Doug Trittin plunked down $720 to replace the pump that delivers groundwater to the taps in their Oscoda Township home, just a few blocks from Lake Huron. A couple of weeks later, they learned their well water was contaminated and were advised not to drink it or cook with it.
View ArticleAug 8, 2017  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

Budget plan a missed opportunity to protect Michigan kids from lead poisoning

Press Releases
Funding for statewide lead poisoning prevention programs proposed Tuesday by a state budget panel falls far short of what's needed to protect Michigan children from the preventable but irreversible brain damage caused by the toxic metal, say MEC and partners in the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes.
Read MoreJun 8, 2016

MEC commends DEQ decision to maintain oversight of toxic air chemicals

Press Releases
The Michigan Environmental Council applauded the Department of Environmental Quality's announcement this week that it will continue regulating all air emissions of toxic chemicals, noting that the decision will go a long way in ensuring the department fulfills its primary mission of protecting human health and the environment.
Read MoreApr 5, 2016

DEQ proposed toxic air chemicals deregulation fails to put public health first

Michigan Environmental Report
For more than a year, Michigan Environmental Council has been sounding the alarm about the state’s plan to deregulate emissions of some 500 toxic chemicals into Michigan’s air. We strongly oppose the Department of Environmental Quality’s proposed rule change, which would raise the risk of serious health impacts among Michigan families, particularly in vulnerable communities.
View ArticleFeb 20, 2016  •  Winter 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Chemical Policy, Public Health

MEC and Tip of the Mitt highlight key policy options in new U-M fracking report

Michigan Environmental Report
The University of Michigan last fall released a report three years in the making that offers a comprehensive review of Michigan’s policy options regarding fracking for natural gas and oil. While fracking has been used for decades in Michigan, new techniques use far greater quantities of water and chemicals and pose greater risks to the environment and human health.
View ArticleFeb 19, 2016  •  Winter 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report

DEQ once again failing to put public health first, advocates warn

Press Releases
Changes to state regulation of toxic air emissions proposed today by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality would raise the risk of serious health impacts among Michigan families, particularly in vulnerable communities, public health advocates caution. The department today announced it is moving forward with a proposed administrative rule change requested by industry to deregulate 500 toxic chemicals which have been subject to oversight in the past.
Read MoreOct 26, 2015

Will Deregulating Michigan's Toxic Air Emissions Put Residents at Risk?

Research Reports
Backgrounder on the Proposed Administrative Rule Change. The administration is currently assessing a proposal that would reduce the number of toxic chemicals regulated by more than 500. Changes proposed include 1) Eliminating regulation of toxic chemicals that have not been tested for their impact on public health, and 2) Eliminating regulation of the less toxic non-carcinogen chemicals (regardless of the quantity being emitted).
Download ReportOct 8, 2014

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 ArticleFeb 21, 2011  •  February 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

Congress passes key standards on dangerous chemicals in children’s toys

Michigan Environmental Report
A Congressional Committee chaired by Michigan Congressman John Dingell finalized the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act to include provisions to set first-ever national standards on lead in toys and ban the plasticizer phthalates from children’s toys and childcare articles.
View ArticleAug 11, 2008  •  Summer 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Public Health, Chemical Policy

Editorial: EPA ouster a sad chapter in Dow/dioxin mess

Michigan Environmental Report
When Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IV Administrator Mary Gade was forced from office in early May, it ignited a firestorm of controversy. Gade had aggressively tried to force Dow Chemical Co. to clean up waterways that have for decades been laced with toxic dioxin from the company’s Midland, MI plant.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
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