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1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Michigan Concerns And Priorities In 2018

Jan 5, 2018

Maggie Pallone, vice president in the environment and energy practice at Public Sector Consultants
Credit Public Sector Consultants / http://www.publicsectorconsultants.com/

The new year brings a number of environmental challenges in Michigan.  Governor Rick Snyder is in his lame duck year, and mid-term elections could impact legislative priorities.  In this month's edition of "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," you'll get a sense of where we're headed. 


Topics covered in this interview:

  • Michigan leaders on both sides of the aisle face a monumental challenge regarding clean safe drinking water.

  • A ½ million people have lead service lines in Michigan that need to be replaced.

  • There is severe groundwater contamination in 28 places across the state and all 83 of Michigan's counties are facing water and infrastructure issues.

  • 45% of Michiganders get their drinking water from wells…

  • New lead and copper rule is in place. It will be expensive and covering costs will likely fall to local units of government.

  • How Governor Rick Snyder will approach environmental policy in his lame-duck year while candidates campaign for the 2018 mid-term elections.

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