Feb 2, 2018: Senate Bill 652-654 Seeks to Destroy Access to Procedural Justice by Appointing Industry Lobbyists to Write the Rulebook
It’s time to call your House legislator and advocate to kill the bill! SB 652-654 will give Governor Snyder power to appoint apportioned seats to industry lobbyists, a majority who represent polluting industries. The bill would allow the appointees to write rules that they don’t like. The set of bills also includes provisions which make engineers the arbiters of environmental decision-making, and zero health officials, with the power to appeal permit decisions made by Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Michigan has been involved with the following policies for directly or indirectly addressing environmental justice.
Environmental Justice Plan for the State of Michigan
The Michigan Environmental Justice Plan draft was developed by the Environmental Justice Working Group and published for review on 12-16-2009. This was compiled at the behest of an executive order by the Governor of Michigan in 2007, and included stakeholders and members of academia. The EJ Working Group recommended many points that are echoed in all of these documents, including (1) Public Participation, (2) Integration into Department of Environmental Quality activities, (3) Disparate Impacts Assessment, (4) Interdepartmental Integration, (5) Petition Process, and (6) the Importance of the Role of Local Units of Government. Several of the current Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition members and member organizations were a part of the working group that prepared this plan.
Intergovernmental Accord Between the Tribal Leaders of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in Michigan and the Governor of the State of Michigan to Address the Critical Issue of Climate Change
In 2009, twelve federally recognized Indian tribes in Michigan signed an Intergovernmental Accord stating each body’s commitment to curbing climate change and reducing greenhouse gases. The Accord included an agreement to meet twice yearly in a Tribal-State Climate Change Forum, but under the Snyder administration, these meetings have not occurred. However, this is an important step in building the dialogue on climate change and its’ impacts on tribal communities.
The Tribes that signed the intergovernmental accord included the Bay Miles Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Hannahville Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lac Veiux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Ottawa Indians, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Reference: Christina Rohn, Petoskey News