Implementing MCSI environmental recommendations will take time and effort from all of us in the regulated community.
The Pendulum is swinging back, albeit it is a very slow process, Michigan’s environmental regulatory arena is beginning to improve. Many factors are adding up to an effort to grab ahold of the large pendulum and force it back against gravity toward the direction of progress.
On March 14th, Michigan’s Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative group released its final report and recommendations to the public, the legislative body and MDEQ Director Dan Wyant. The initiative began after Michigan fell to dead last place nationally in its ability to “get to closure” on thousands of impacted sites regulated under Michigan’s Part 201 and 213 programs.
In November of 2011, the MDEQ with the support of Governor Rick Snyder and key stakeholders convened the Collaborative Stakeholders Initiative (CSI) in an effort to transform Michigan’s clean up and redevelopment programs. This large work group made up of volunteers from the public sector came together with an open minded group of DEQ staffers led by MSU facilitators to recommend over 90 different strategies to adopt a more risk based strategy of decision making and streamlining of the regulatory process.
A number of AKT Peerless professionals have been involved in many of the aspects of this initiative. These recommendations are exciting because a number of legislative leaders are committed to implementing the legislative changes necessary to bring Michigan back to the status of leading the nation in achieving closures as we did back in the early and mid-90’s.
The list of recommendations and full report can be found here: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-rrd-CSI-FinalCSIReport3-14-2012_379271_7.pdf
Implementing all of the recommendations will take time and effort from all of us in the regulated community. Come and grab ahold of the swinging pendulum with us at AKT Peerless where we strive for: better environment for your business.
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