Legislation Introduced Setting Cleanup Standards

Oct 27, 2023

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

Democratic members in the House and Senate introduced legislation setting more stringent cleanup standards with the goal of preventing sites from becoming “orphaned.”

Key Points:

    • Provides additional information to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the public about cleanups and polluted sites.
    • Requires polluters to pay for land and water to be restored to usable condition as much as technically feasible.
    • Enables EGLE to set cleanup criteria without easily blocked APA rulemaking.
    • Requires businesses with large amounts of potentially polluting materials to post up-front financial assurance to cover any cleanup.
    • Empowers the state to bring claims on behalf of the public to cover cleanup costs and damage to natural resources due to contaminants.
    • Enables people exposed to hazardous substances to bring a claim against the polluter to cover the costs of medical monitoring needed to detect a condition linked to exposure.
    • Changes the timeline for when a person can file a claim from when they discovered the existence of should have discovered it.

Next Steps:

    • The Senate bills were referred to the Senate Energy and Environment Committee.
    • The House bills were referred to the House Natural Resources, Environment, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee.

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