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HB 5910: Prohibit Coal-Tar Application in Michigan

Thu, 09/13/2012
Recommended Vote: 
Yes

 

Current Status: In the House Committee on Regulatory Reform – In September 2012, Rep. Dian Slavens (D – Canton) introduced this bill to ban coal-tar application in Michigan.

 

Coal-tar is a type of sealant used for parking lots or driveways that contains high levels of hazardous chemicals. As coal-tar wears away over time, these chemicals are released in particle form, and are dispersed by runoff from rain and wind, causing both water pollution and public health problems.

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SB 939-942: Exempt Certain Businesses from Environmental Regulations

Tue, 05/15/2012
Recommended Vote: 
No

Current Status: In the House Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation - In February 2012, Arlan Meekhof (R - West Olive) introduced this package of bills, which exempts businesses with an "Environmental Leader" status from important environmental regulations

Senate Bills 939 - 942 create the Environmental Leaders program under the DEQ. This is a voluntary program that provides incentives for businesses to become certified "Environmental Leaders." Environmental leaders will undergo certain requirements, such as creating a pollution prevention program and conducting their own periodic assessments to identify areas for improvement. Incentives include less frequent inspections, 72 hours advanced notice of environmental inspections, less frequent permit renewal, certain fee waivers, and limited liability. 

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SB 893 & 894: Safe Children's Products Act

Tue, 01/17/2012
Recommended Vote: 
Yes

Current Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Government Operations - In January 2012, Sen. Rebekah Warren (D - Ann Arbor) introduced the Safe Children's Products Act to define the process for determining Chemicals of Greatest Concern and requires the department to display them on its webpage.

A Great Health Priority

The Safe Children’s Products Act would require manufacturers and distributors of children’s toys to submit written statements to the Department of Environmental Quality disclosing chemicals present in the toys. In this statement, the manufacturer or distributor would have to disclose the chemicals of greatest concern in a product, the purpose of these chemicals, and the amount of each chemical that is used. Manufacturers and distributers would submit this statement annually.

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HB 4842: Create Pesticide Application Registry

Wed, 07/27/2011
Recommended Vote: 
Yes

Current Status: In the House Committee on Government Operations - In June 2011, Timothy Bledsoe (D - Grosse Pointe) introduced this bill to create a registry for individuals who want to be notified of pesticide application on adjacent land.

HB 889 requires the DEQ to create and maintain a registry of citizens who want to be notified prior to pesticide application on a property that is adjacent to their own. Under this bill, individuals would be notified for application of all pesticides other than general-use, ready-to-use pesticide, and the notification would have to take place at least 24 hours before application. 

Sponsor: Timothy Bledsoe (D - Grosse Pointe) 

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HB 4207: Prohibit Issuance of Residential Waste Burning Rules

Thu, 04/19/2012
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Contact the Experts

Current Status: Signed into law by Governor Snyder - In February 2011, Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R - Coldwater) introduced HB 4207, a bill that prohibits the DEQ from creating rules to restrict residential burning of waste. 

As introduced, HB 4207 prohibits the Department of Environmental Quality from creating rules to restrict residential burning of waste. Burning of residential waste puts toxic chemicals and heavy metals into the air such as dioxins, which are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones, and release notable levels of known carcinogens.

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SB 765: Create an Advisory Council for Safe Children’s Products

Thu, 10/20/2011
Recommended Vote: 
No

Current Status: In the Senate Committee on Government Operations – In October 2011, Rep. Roger Kahn (R – Saginaw Township) introduced SB 765, a bill that forms a council to advise on best practices for manufacturing children’s products.

SB 765 forms the Children’s Safe Products Advisory Council, a council to advise on the best practices for manufacturing children’s products and to recommend processes for manufacturers. The advisory council will be tasked with looking at what is working, which is a good start, but it will spend little time finding out what's not working and how to address those problems.

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SB 764: Ban Toxic Metals from Children's Products

Thu, 10/20/2011
Recommended Vote: 
Yes

Current Status: Referred to Committee on Government Operations - In October 2011, Sen. Roger Kahn (R - Saginaw Township) introduced this bill to ban cadmium, lead, and mercury from children's products. 

SB 764 amends the Public Health Code to classify cadmium, lead, and mercury as toxic heavy metals which are prohibited in children's products. 

Sponser: Sen. Roger Kahn (R - Saginaw Township)
Current Status: In Committee on Government Operations

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