Something is (not) in the air for Earth Day

Posted on April 22, 2016 by

There is perhaps no lovelier way to celebrate Earth Day than with a good news story. And Michigan has just such a story to share.

Earlier this month, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced that Michigan’s air toxics regulatory program will continue unchanged. This is a big deal, especially for the many stakeholders and environmental groups who have been working hard for over five years to ensure this important regulation stays strong.

The groups came together in response to a permitting proposal that would have nearly halved the number of toxic air contaminants (TAC’s) subject to state pollution oversight; approximately 500 toxic air chemicals would have been deregulated. This would have had significant environmental and public health impacts, as many of those chemicals are known to be toxic, with many more not yet fully studied.

Freshwater Future joins other environmental groups in support of the DEQ’s decision to maintain protection for the environment and people of Michigan.

While there is still much work to do on the Great Lakes, at least we can all take a deep (clean) breath for now.


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