Newsletter Updates
Join the MCC's Board of Directors to Guide Our Efforts, and to Grow Your Influence
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 12:00 AM

The Michigan Chemistry Council would like to encourage any interested members to consider making a nomination to the MCC's Board of Directors, a group of leaders that provides an invaluable service to our industry.

Legislature Passes Budget for K-12 Schools; Holds Off on All Other Budgets
Tuesday, July 06, 2021 12:00 AM

The Michigan Legislature has worked over the last several weeks to try to finalize various budget and spending bills, in advance of the July 1st date of the beginning of the fiscal year for schools and local governments. This year’s budget process has been unusual, with significant revenue surpluses due to federal assistance.

ACC and MCC Oppose Reinstatement of Superfund Taxes on Chemical Industry
Tuesday, July 06, 2021 12:00 AM

The American Chemistry Council and Michigan Chemistry Council are coming out strongly opposed to the potential reinstatement of federal Superfund taxes on the chemical industry as part of a federal infrastructure spending plan.

Line 5 Supporters & Opponents Rally this Week as Shutdown Deadline Comes and Goes
Friday, May 14, 2021 02:09 PM

This week saw the Governor’s May 12th deadline for the shutdown of Line 5 come and go, as supporters and opponents of the line both rallied. That date was set by the Governor and the Department of Natural Resources 180 days after a November Notice of Revocation and Termination of the 1953 easement for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. The state alleged that Enbridge has incurably violated the terms of the easement by operating the pipeline in an unsafe manner.

On the other hand, Enbridge asserts that the pipeline currently meets all requirements of the easement, that the company has the right to address any issues brought forward by the State, and that issues of pipeline safety as well as international pipeline commerce rightly belong in federal – not state – courts. The parties are currently involved in ongoing litigation and are meeting with a federally-appointed mediator.

Gov. Whitmer Announces End of Remote Work and Mask Requirements, but Impact on MIOSHA Rules Still Unclear
Friday, May 14, 2021 02:08 PM

With positive news this week of COVID vaccination progress and effectiveness, Governor Whitmer announced both the end of the current remote work requirement as well as the lifting of indoor mask requirements for vaccinated persons, but there remain questions and concerns about the relationship to MIOSHA’s rules.

Earlier in the week, Governor Whitmer confirmed that the state had surpassed a 55% rate of residents age 16+ with at least one dose. Pursuant to the Governor’s “Vacc to Normal” plan, that triggered a rollback of the current requirement that employees work remotely if feasible, effective Monday May 24th. The remote work requirement had been a major sticking point for employers seeking to flexibly return workers to in-person settings.

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