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“No stricter than federal” repeal signed into law

Michigan Wetland
Michigan Wetland

A bill signed into Michigan law today makes it easier for state agencies to issue environmental rules that are tougher than federal standards

Critics of the new law, like Amanda Fischer, who’s Michigan state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, say the change could lead to overregulation.

She says there are already opportunities for the state to go beyond federal standards.

“We’re not saying there are never times where that might be appropriate. We just want regulators to think through that.”

But Democratic Senator Sean McCann, who sponsored the bill, says he doesn’t think concerns about the new law will come to fruition.

“It simply removes barriers should Michigan want and need to enact tougher environmental restrictions on a faster basis.”

The “no stricter than federal” policy was first enacted in 2018.

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