This week, Governor Rick Snyder announced his initial appointments to the Environmental Permit Review Commission. "This board will work to protect Michigan’s environment by having field experts on the committee carefully review all permits to ensure projects are in the best interest of preserving Michigan’s resources and environment,” Governor Snyder said. The commission is comprised of 15 members appointed by the governor with experience in engineering, geology, hydrology, hydrogeology or a field of engineering or science related to air or water. When appropriate, the department director may call a panel of three commission members, based on their area of expertise, to form an Environmental Permit Panel to review and advise on permit applications. The appointments are as follows:
Terms expiring August 28, 2020
Jamie Buckingham – COO and principal geologist for Triterra
Mark Henne – Hydrogeologist and environmental consultant for Henne Environmental
Mark Prein – Licenses professional engineer servicing as vice president and senior project manager for Prein & Newhof
Terms expiring August 28, 2021
Tony Anthony – Principal of AKT Peerless Environmental and Energy Services
Theodore Bornhorst – Professor of geology and the executive director of A.E. Seaman Museam
Dirk Mammen – Licensed attorney, principal scientist, corporate due delligence services director and Traverse City office manager for Environmental Consulting and Technology
Evan Pratt – licensed professional engineer serving as a water resources commissioner and the director of public works for Washtenaw County
Jeffery King – Founder and president of the ecological consulting firm King and MacGregor Environmental, Inc.
Terms expiring August 28, 2022
Matthew Germane – Licensed professional engineer, serving as a senior project engineer for Environmental Resource Group, LLC.
Lori Myott – Manager of the environmental service department for Lansing Board of Water and Light
Bradley Venman – Quality officer and senior vice president of NTH Consultants, Ltd.
The commission was established by Public Act in 2018. It is housed within the Department of Environmental Quality and acts in an advisory capacity. Following initial appointments, members serve four-year terms.
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