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Gov. Whitmer transforms the MDEQ into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

Posted on February 5, 2019 by

This week Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs an executive order transforming the Department of Environmental Quality into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Executive Order 2019-2 also created new offices within the department including the Office of Clean Water Public Advocacy, the Office of Environmental Justice Public Advocate, the Office of Climate and Energy, and the Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team.

Liesl Clark will serve as the Director of EGLE. 

“This executive order will make sure that our state government is more responsive to problems with our drinking water and our environment,” she said. “By creating offices like the Clean Water Public Advocate, we can get to work solving the problems that dozens of communities are facing with their drinking water. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work with Governor Whitmer to protect Pure Michigan and strengthen our economy.” 

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