Legislation threatening our water awaits final consideration by governor

Legislation threatening our water awaits final consideration by governor

LANSING – In the flurry of legislation adopted in the Lame Duck session, three bills that significantly threaten our Great Lakes, rivers, streams and drinking water now sit on Governor Snyder’s desk for final consideration. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters has advocated against these dangerous proposals throughout the Lame Duck session, urging lawmakers to reject legislation that would weaken clean water protections.

The bills before Gov. Snyder include:

  • Senate Bill 1211, legislation that would eliminate protections for wetlands, including inland lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Senate Bill 1244, legislation that would hamstring state agencies from setting cleanup standards for toxic chemicals like PFAS.
  • House Bill 4205, legislation that would prevent state agencies from adopting standards that are tougher than current federal level standards.

“Governor Snyder is now faced with a critical final decision on a series of bills that would have far-ranging, long-lasting impacts on our Great Lakes, rivers, streams and drinking water,” said Lisa Wozniak, executive director of Michigan LCV. “Jammed through the Legislature in the final days of session, these bills directly contradict our Michigan way of life and would threaten the health of communities across our state. We urge the governor to reject these dangerous and irresponsible proposals that would weaken protections for wetlands, drinking water and our natural resources.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

Contact: Nick Dodge, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, (517) 333-1606

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