DEQ prepares to revise clean-up criteria; enviro group offers input

Oct 18, 2016

As Michigan officials consider how to update environmental cleanup criteria, some environmental advocates say the DEQ needs to better incorporate new science into its operation. Noted environmental policy expert James Clift of the Michigan Environmental Council explains.


Scientists are learning more about contaminants and how much they can threaten the water, the air and people. That’s why the Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is preparing to update its clean-up criteria that involve substances like petroleum, chemicals, fertilizers and others.

What recent science should DEQ incorporate into its clean-up procedures?

Current State talks with James Clift, the longtime policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council.