Newsletter Updates
MCC Provides Industry Perspective on Climate Efforts
Friday, April 16, 2021 12:00 AM

MCC Executive Director John Dulmes was recently featured in an article exploring how energy-intensive industries like chemical, steel, cement, and automotive manufacturing are working to reduce their carbon emissions. The article highlighted the ongoing efforts by the state of Michigan – led by EGLE - to develop a climate plan for economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050, and touched on these key Michigan sectors.

Please click here for the article from the MSU Capital News Service

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MIOSHA Extends Emergency COVID Rules for Another Six Months and Files Draft of Proposed Permanent Rules – Feedback Sought
Friday, April 16, 2021 12:00 AM

On Tuesday, April 13th, it was announced that the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration had extended the current emergency COVID-19 rules for another six month period, through October 14th. By law, the emergency COVID rules were set to expire this week, and could be only extended for an additional six months.

Please click here for the official MIOSHA extension certification

Notably, the rules were extended “as is” with no changes whatsoever.

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MCC Testifies in Support of Recycling Legislation as Committee Passes Bills
Friday, March 26, 2021 12:00 AM

On Thursday, MCC Executive Director John Dulmes testified in support of a comprehensive, bipartisan legislative package to overhaul Michigan’s solid waste laws and improve recycling rates in the state.

Please click here for a video of the testimony (8 minutes).

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Whitmer Administration Announces “MI Propane Security Plan” to Criticism from UP and Canadian Leaders
Friday, March 19, 2021 12:00 AM

Last Friday, March 12th, several state agencies announced a new “MI Propane Security Plan” that formalizes several of the Whitmer administration’s efforts to ensure energy needs are met if and when Line 5 is shut down. The plan comes 4 months after the Governor announced she planned to revoke and terminate the Line 5 easement, effective this May.

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MCC-Supported Recycling Legislation Gets First House Hearing
Friday, March 12, 2021 12:00 AM

On Thursday, the House Natural Resources Committee held the first hearing on a comprehensive, bipartisan legislative package to overhaul Michigan’s solid waste laws and improve recycling rates in the state.

The bills (HB 4454-4461) run to nearly 250 pages in length and would modernize Part 115 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, which hasn’t been updated in decades. The MCC has been part of 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. While state funding for recycling was secured in 2018, these policy changes have proven more elusive to enact.

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