HB 4297 and Senator Nesbitt’s energy plan are steps in the wrong direction and will move us backward, instead of making us a leader in clean energy policy. This proposed legislation would classify the burning of hazardous waste, including tires, as renewable energy and is nothing more than a cynical attempt to hijack Michigan’s renewable energy definition for the benefit of corporate polluters.
We know that exposure to sulfur dioxide (SO2)—even briefly—can have significant impacts to our health. SO2 exposure can aggravate asthma, existing heart disease and other respiratory illnesses.
The impacts from SO2 pollution affect communities across the state,
especially in Southeast Michigan. The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) has found that SO2 levels in Wayne County exceed levels
that are safe for human health.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has an opportunity to address this health and environmental justice crisis. Take action today – Tell the MDEQ to set plans and permits that protect our public health and environment!
Michigan currently has the opportunity to be a national leader in transitioning our energy production toward a sustainable future. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency programs can reduce the demand on polluting power plants and create local jobs, all while protecting our Great Lakes. Right now, the Michigan Legislature is exploring an increase of both the Renewable Energy Standard and our Energy Efficiency Optimization Standard. These policies give Michigan residents and businesses an opportunity to invest in and benefit from energy efficiency upgrades while protecting our Great Lakes from polluting sources of energy production.