|From:||"Evans Paull" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Wed, 9 Jun 2010 10:04:29 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Re: [CPEO-BIF] Michigan's brownfield laws|
Title: [CPEO-BIF] Michigan's brownfield laws
For those of you that may not have paid attention to this one, it is really interesting and I'm hoping to get some exchange going.
Basically there are six bills pending in the legislature - Senate Bills 437, 1345, 1346, 1347, 1348 and 1349 - that have the collective effect of throwing out the state DNR's regulatory guidances for brownfields in favor of case-by-case decisions. The article claims that the intent of Michigan's brownfields laws have been undermined by DNR staffers who never bought into the risk based cleanups, developed guidelines that make the program inflexible, and who keep moving the goalposts, making "finality" an allusive target for developers. Two of the Bills also say that Michigan's cleanup standards may not be more stringent than the federal guidelines.
I hear this complaint in a lot of states, especially as brownfields programs mature and become more bureaucratized - less flexible and less user-friendly.
Could others comment on this problem relative to their states? And those of you who are close to the situation in Michigan - what's your opinion?
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