Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc. (PGMI) today submitted support in the Senate Natural Resources Committee for a three-bill package to increase accountability and transparency within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
- SB 652, sponsored by Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba), would create an environmental rules committee. The body would review, amend, deny and approve DEQ rule promulgation. This is based on a similar body that has operated in Indiana since 1996.
- SB 653, sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher (R-Evart), would develop an appeals board that would, upon request, serve as a scientific permit review panel (similar to the body in environmental remediation) to hear an appeal by a permit applicant that has been denied by the DEQ.
- SB 654, sponsored by Sen. Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc), would create an Environmental Science Advisory Board. It reestablishes the body to hear scientific environmental evidence and provide recommendation to the Governor and/or Director of the DEQ. Michigan operated an environmental science advisory board since the 1980’s, but was abolished in 2009 by then Governor Granholm.