Newsletter Updates
DHHS Updates Epidemic Order and Loosens Some Mask Requirements, but Workplace Discrepancies Exist
Friday, May 07, 2021 12:00 AM

This week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an updated epidemic order and loosened some mask requirements. The order – which went into effect on Thursday, May 6th and continues through May 31st – primarily applies to settings outside of the workplace. In contrast, workplace requirements continue to be set through MIOSHA’s emergency COVID standards, creating some notable discrepancies.

Please click here for a copy of the DHHS press release and the order.

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ERRC Approves Rules Setting Cleanup Criteria for Five Additional PFAS
Friday, April 30, 2021 12:00 AM

On Thursday, the state’s Environmental Rules Review Committee (ERRC) approved a set of rules that will establish cleanup standards under the Part 201 program for five additional PFAS compounds.

The ERRC is an independent stakeholder committee that oversees any environmental rulemaking, and had previously signed off on the rules setting landmark drinking water standards for seven PFAS compounds.

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Governor Releases New Plan Tying COVID Reopenings to Vaccination Rate
Friday, April 30, 2021 12:00 AM

On Thursday, April 29th, Governor Whitmer and MDHHS officials held a press conference to announce a new plan to get “MI Vacc to Normal.” The plan proposes to base future DHHS epidemic orders on vaccination-based milestones, with potential rollbacks in restrictions on in-person work, restaurant and stadium capacities, social gatherings, and face mask orders.

Please click here for the full press release from Governor Whitmer

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House Passes MCC-Supported Bills to Improve Michigan’s Recycling Performance
Friday, April 23, 2021 12:00 AM

Coinciding with Thursday’s recognition of Earth Day, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a comprehensive bipartisan legislative package to overhaul Michigan’s solid waste laws and improve recycling rates in the state.

The bills would (HB 4454-4461) modernize Part 115 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to set a goal of increasing Michigan’s recycling rate to 45%, up from the current estimate of 18% of municipal solid waste. The MCC has been part of these discussions going back to the Snyder administration in 2016, and has worked to successfully include industry priorities for the potential development of advanced plastics recycling facilities, and for improving overall recycling performance.

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Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Ban Glyphosate and Restore Local Plastic Bag Bans
Friday, April 23, 2021 12:00 AM

Also on Earth Day, several Democratic lawmakers re-introduced legislation to address various environmental issues and concerns. The bills included:

  • SB 370, sponsored by Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Oakland County), would ban the use of glyphosate (found in Roundup products) for residential lawns, flower beds, or ground cover beds. The bill would require retail signage and carry a penalty of a civil infraction of up to $100 for a first offense. Glyphosate is a widely-used and widely-studied herbicide, but plaintiffs attorneys have sought major civil damages for health claims they link to a WHO finding that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.”
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