Green bill would benefit environmental leaders

Green bill would benefit environmental leaders

LANSING — A four-bill package designed to reduce regulations and provide incentives for businesses that volunteer to become certified “environmental leaders” was introduced in the Michigan Senate on Thursday, said Sen. Mike Green.

Senate Bills 939-942 would create the “Environmental Leaders” program within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The measures are aimed to reduce cumbersome regulations on job providers that choose to go above and beyond current state environmental requirements.

“We must do everything in our power to encourage any and all job provides to take measures to protect Michigan’s  environment and natural resources,” said Green, R-Mayville. “The environmental leaders program would reward those employers who have already taken steps to protect the environment and may encourage others to begin better environmental practices.”

Under the incentives, environmental leaders would be rewarded with incentives such as:
• Less frequent inspections;
• 15 percent discount on permit, licensing and other fees for the first year;
• Extended length of permits;
• Preference for state contract bidding; and
• Protection against civil fines.

"This legislation seeks to reward businesses who go above and beyond the call of duty in the interest of the environment," Green said.  

Senate Bills 939-942 will be referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee for consideration.