Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used her executive powers to send a strong message about solving Michigan’s ongoing environmental crises and fighting climate change. 🌿 🌎
The first executive order renames the state’s beleaguered Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), which has been embroiled in scandals involving its handling of Flint water and PFAS. The department will now be known as the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE).
That re-organization will include the creation of new offices within the department focused on clean drinking water, environmental justice and a new “Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team.”
A second executive order “strengthens” the state’s PFAS Action Response Team by focusing on identifying and removing the dangerous chemicals that have begun appearing in dozens of sites around the state.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used her executive powers on Monday to send a strong message about solving Michigan’s ongoing environmental crises and fighting climate change. Environmental groups were quick to cheer Whitmer’s two executive orders, one of which shakes up and renames the state’s beleague…
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