Michigan Legislature Votes to Protect “Polluter Panels,” Overriding Gov. Whitmer's Executive Order

LANSING, MI – Michigan’s Senate voted today along party lines to adopt a House Concurrent Resolution that would block Gov. Whitmer’s executive order dissolving the controversial “polluter panels” that could override policy and pollution permitting decisions made by state’s regulators.

Following is a reaction from Cyndi Roper, Michigan Senior Policy Advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):

“The health and safety of Michigan is at serious risk as long as polluters get to overrule decisions in how much they dump into our state’s air, water, lands.  State legislators that voted to override Gov. Whitmer’s dissolution of these dangerous polluter panels have turned their back on the public by putting industry ahead of their constituents. We shouldn’t have to sacrifice our health for the sake of polluters’ profits.”


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