GOV. SNYDER ANNOUNCES PROPOSAL TO HELP RENEW MICHIGAN’S ENVIRONMENT

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Gov. Rick Snyder announced a proposal to invest $79 million annually to contribute to renewing Michigan’s environment and protect public health. Thousands of contaminated sites still exist throughout Michigan, and the proposal serves as a replacement to the expired Clean Michigan Initiative Bond.

“Michiganders deserve a smart and safe plan to ensure the protecting of our environment and public health — today, tomorrow and for generations to come,” said Snyder. “This proposal implements a comprehensive approach to cleaning up contaminated sites while addressing best practices for managing waste and recycling efforts, taking us another step forward in our work to build a stronger environmental foundation for Michigan’s future.”

The cost of the proposal would run an average of $4.75 per household annually. “How many of you spend that on daily basis going to one of those coffee shops?” Snyder said.

Michigan currently recycles 15 percent of our waste — one of the lowest recycling rates in the nation. The state also has the lowest fee for disposing of waste in landfills in the Great Lakes basin, which has resulted in 17 million tons of trash being disposed of annually.

Bolstered environmental protection programs would include:

  • Remediating and redeveloping existing and future contaminated sites
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Recycling grants to triple Michigan’s recycling rate
  • Water quality monitoring grants
  • State park infrastructure

Snyder’s proposal would increase the current landfill dumping fee to generate an annual $79 million to fund environmental protection needs, while enhancing Michigan’s recycling efforts and waste-management planning initiatives.

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