regulation http://michiganradio.org en Will proposed regulations change fracking in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-proposed-regulations-change-fracking-michigan <p>Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality proposed a list of new rules for hydraulic fracturing in the state — commonly known as fracking.</p><p>Fracking is a process where developers pump high-pressure streams of water and chemicals into a well to clear a path to hard-to-reach deposits of natural gas.</p><p>So just what are these proposed new rules? And what could they mean to the future of fracking in Michigan?</p><p>James Clift is the policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council. He joins us to discuss the new regulations.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:41:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15182 at http://michiganradio.org Will proposed regulations change fracking in Michigan? 8 breweries in Michigan take ‘clean water pledge’ http://michiganradio.org/post/8-breweries-michigan-take-clean-water-pledge <p>The Natural Resources Defense Council has recruited eight craft breweries in Michigan for a new campaign to promote clean water by supporting strengthening federal regulations like the Clean Water Act.</p><p>“When you talk about beer you have to talk about water,” said Jason Spaulding, co-owner of Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids. “It’s not as sexy as talking about malt or hops or things like that.”</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2a5SQMyMNQ&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p>Spaulding says about 90-percent of beer is made up of water. He says if you want a great locally brewed lager, IPA or pilsner; you need clean water.</p><p>“Doesn’t matter how many hops or how much malt you put in it, if your water is not good your beer is not going to be good,” Spaulding said. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:03:36 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12067 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan could eliminate state oversight of 18 occupations, and 9 boards http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-could-eliminate-state-oversight-18-occupations-and-9-boards <p>It could be welcome news for all the ocularists, auctioneers, and acupuncturists out there.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35738-275942--,00.html">Michigan&#39;s Office of Regulatory Reinvention</a> (yes, the agency was <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/2011-5_346312_7.pdf">created by Gov. Snyder</a>) has issued a report proposing the state should drop oversight of 18 occupations, and get rid of nine &quot;occupational boards,&quot; while increasing inspection fees for ski resorts and carnivals.</p><p>More from the ORR&#39;s press release:</p><blockquote><p><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">&quot;According to a 2007 study, Michigan is the sixth most heavily-regulated state with respect to occupational licensing. This study found that for each occupation that a state regulated, that occupation would experience a decrease in the rate of job growth by 20 percent on average,&quot; said Steven H. Hilfinger, Chief Regulatory Officer and LARA Director. &quot;Occupational regulations, while in many cases necessary to protect consumers and public health, operate as a barrier to entry into a given profession. This inhibits entrepreneurship and restricts competition, leading to increased costs and decreased levels of service for consumers.&quot;</font></font></p></blockquote><p>Even though two of the boards they suggest cutting are <font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">the Carnival Amusement Safety Board and the Ski</font></font><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"> Area Safety Board, state officials say inspections for these operations should continue:</font></font></p><blockquote><p><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">While the ORR recommends abolishing the Carnival Amusement Safety Board, the ORR recommends the licensing and inspections should continue and fees should be increased to be sufficient to cover administrative costs of regulation. Similarly, the ORR recommends that Ski Area Safety licensing and inspections should continue and fees should be increased to be sufficient to cover administrative costs.</font></font></p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s a list of the occupations officials recommended deregulating and the boards they recommend be cut:</p><p><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">The 18 occupations recommended for deregulation are:</font> </font></p><ul style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0in"><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Acupuncturist</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Auctioneers</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Community Planner</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Consumer Finance Services</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Dieticians &amp; Nutritionists</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Forensic Polygraph Examiner</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Forester</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Immigration Clerical Assistant</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Insurance Solicitor</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Interior Designer</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Landscape Architect</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Ocularist</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Professional Employer Organizations</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Proprietary School Solicitors</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Respiratory Care</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Security Alarm Contractors</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Speech Pathologist</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Vehicle Protection Product Warrantor</font> </font></li></ul><p><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">The 9 occupational boards recommended for elimination are:</font></font></p><ul style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Board of Acupuncture</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Board of Auctioneers</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Board of Carnivals &amp; Amusement Rides</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Board of Dietetics &amp; Nutrition</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Board of Occupational Therapy</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Board of Respiratory Care</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Board of Speech Language Pathology</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Osteopathic Medicine Advisory Board</font></font></li><li><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><font color="black" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Ski Area Safety Board</font></font></li></ul><p>The Office of Regulatory Reinvention was created in February 2011 within&nbsp; the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.</p><p>It&#39;s charged with overseeing current and proposed rules and regulations in the state and with &quot;creating a regulatory environment and regulatory processes that are fair, efficient, and conducive to business growth and job creation.&quot;</p><p>On its website, the ORR boasts a &quot;net reduction&quot; of 363 rules in the state since April 23, 2011.<br />&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:39:04 +0000 Mark Brush 7053 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan could eliminate state oversight of 18 occupations, and 9 boards Environmentalists not happy with Michigan's proposed "environmental leader" program http://michiganradio.org/post/environmentalists-not-happy-michigans-proposed-environmental-leader-program <p>A state senate committee will consider legislation&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;to recognize Michigan businesses that are &ldquo;environmental leaders.&rdquo;</p><p>But environmentalists say the bill actually makes it easier for companies to do the least required to meet environmental standards.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:36:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 6642 at http://michiganradio.org Environmentalists not happy with Michigan's proposed "environmental leader" program Environment nearly absent in State of the State http://michiganradio.org/post/environment-nearly-absent-state-state <p>http://environmentreport.org/podcasts/2012/MPMGLRC_ENVRPT_20120119_01.mp3</p><p><strong><em>(We are having problems with the &quot;audio processing&quot; file above. Please use the second link.)</em></strong></p><p>In his second State of the State address, Governor Rick Snyder did not spend a lot of time talking about the environment. But he did say that agriculture, tourism, mining and the timber industry are key to the state&rsquo;s future.</p><p>He also talked about his push to overhaul the state&rsquo;s regulatory system.</p><p>&ldquo;So far we&rsquo;ve rescinded nearly 400 obsolete, confusing and burdensome regulations.&rdquo;</p><p>Now... those 400 regulations are not all environmental. But Governor Snyder did call out one set of rules that was on the books.</p><p>&ldquo;The Department of Environmental Quality has 28 separate requirements for outhouses, including a requirement that the seat not be left up.&rdquo;</p><p>The governor got big laughs - it was the best punch line of the evening. But of course, there&rsquo;s a serious undertone to the Governor&rsquo;s plans for overhauling the way the state regulates businesses.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:04:18 +0000 Rebecca Williams 5855 at http://michiganradio.org Environment nearly absent in State of the State Michigan Governor Snyder could veto first bill this week http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-snyder-could-veto-first-bill-week <p>Governor Rick Snyder could veto his first bill this week. He faces a Friday morning deadline to sign or a reject measure sent to him by the Republican-controlled Legislature.</p><p>The bill would make it difficult for state agencies to enact rules that are stricter than federal standards without first getting permission from the Legislature.</p><p>Sara Wurfel is the governor&rsquo;s press secretary.</p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:25:28 +0000 Rick Pluta 5158 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Governor Snyder could veto first bill this week Big changes for Michigan's regulatory system? http://michiganradio.org/post/big-changes-michigans-regulatory-system <p>Back when Governor Rick Snyder was on the campaign trail... he promised to make dramatic changes to the way the state regulates businesses.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Our regulatory system is backwards in this state. Not only the amount of regulation, but how people are being treated. Lansing is treating us as if we&rsquo;re bad and should be controlled.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:35:18 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3412 at http://michiganradio.org Big changes for Michigan's regulatory system? Senate approves measure to rein in environmental rules http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-approves-measure-rein-environmental-rules <p>The Republican controlled state Senate has approved a measure to rein in the authority of state regulators to enact environmental protection rules.</p><p>The bill says Michigan&rsquo;s environmental protection rules cannot be stricter than federal rules unless a law is passed to allow it.</p><p>Republican state Sen. John Proos says environmental policy should reflect the fact that Michigan competes with other states for jobs.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We can&rsquo;t operate in a vacuum in Michigan,&quot; said Pross. &quot;If it&rsquo;s more difficult to do business in Michigan than it is in Indiana, businesses and industries who hire Michigan families could just as soon choose the less-expensive option or the more-efficient option. Every day, other states benchmark against us. We should do the same to make sure we put ourselves in the best position to compete.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Republicans and some Democrats have long complained that Michigan&rsquo;s environmental rules and the people who enforce them are too zealous.</p><p>Democrats, like State Senator Rebekah Warren, say the measure would make it harder for experts to address environmental crises that may be unique to the Great Lakes region.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Federal standards to protect water quality, in particular, are designed to be the floor below which states are not allowed to drop,&quot; said Warren. &quot;They are not written by people that feel the special stewardship like we do here in Michigan over one of the world&rsquo;s most-important freshwater resources.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Opponents of the bill say it would make it more difficult to respond to an environmental crisis and it would make the process of protecting air and water more political.</p><p>One Democrat crossed over to join the Republican majority to approve the measure. The bill now goes to the state House. Thu, 05 May 2011 21:57:26 +0000 Rick Pluta 2370 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan House Bill regulates amateur mixed martial arts fights http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-bill-regulates-amateur-mixed-martial-arts-fights <p>Amateur <a href="http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/">mixed martial arts</a> fights may soon be regulated by the state. A <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billintroduced/House/pdf/2011-HIB-4295.pdf">bill</a> introduced to the Michigan House would require both promoters and fighters to be licensed by the state. The bill would also create a commission to enforce the rules and investigate complaints.</p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:08:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2118 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan House Bill regulates amateur mixed martial arts fights Regulatory Changes Coming to Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/regulatory-changes-coming-michigan <p>Governor-elect Rick Snyder wants to make Michigan a more business friendly state. Other states have managed that… but it required an attitude adjustment among regulators… and a more hands-off approach by the legislature.</p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:20:04 +0000 Lester Graham 509 at http://michiganradio.org Regulatory Changes Coming to Michigan? Realities of regulatory red tape http://michiganradio.org/post/realities-regulatory-red-tape <p>Pro-business groups complain that Michigan’s regulatory process hurts the economy. Governor-elect Rick Snyder has promised to do something about that. But, there’s little hard evidence that red tape in Michigan is worse than in other states.</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 14:47:38 +0000 Lester Graham 506 at http://michiganradio.org Realities of regulatory red tape Rick Snyder wants to streamline regulation, but what does that mean? http://michiganradio.org/post/rick-snyder-wants-streamline-regulation-what-does-mean <p>Governor-elect Rick Snyder says he’ll tackle two major issues facing Michigan: getting the state’s budget under control and bringing more jobs to the state. It’s believed he’ll try to do both in part through streamlining regulations on business. This is the first part in a three-part story I'll be posting here. Read on a share your comments!</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:30:13 +0000 Lester Graham 490 at http://michiganradio.org Rick Snyder wants to streamline regulation, but what does that mean? Michigan's environment & a new administration http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-environment-new-administration <p>There wasn&rsquo;t a lot of talk about environment during the race for governor, but Governor-elect Rick Snyder made it clear during the campaign that he thinks the state&rsquo;s regulatory system is broken and said he wants fewer regulations on businesses. That has some people wondering whether that means there will also be fewer of the regulations that prevent pollution in the state.&nbsp; I talked with <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=479">James Clift</a>, policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council, to get his take on this.</p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 15:19:15 +0000 Rebecca Williams 267 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's environment & a new administration Levin calls for scrapping CAFE standards http://michiganradio.org/post/levin-calls-scrapping-cafe-standards <p><a href="http://levin.senate.gov/">Senator Carl Levin</a> wants to scrap the government&#39;s <a href="http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/cafe/overview.htm">Corporate Average Fuel Economy </a>(CAFE) standard. Auto manufacturers must meet these fuel economy standards for their fleets, or face penalties from the government.</p><p>The Obama Administration recently <a href="http://environmentreport.org/story.php?story_id=4948">updated </a>the standards.&nbsp; By 2020, automakers will have to reach an average 35.5 mpg for their combined car and truck fleet.</p> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:35:35 +0000 Mark Brush 141 at http://michiganradio.org Levin calls for scrapping CAFE standards Leaking and exploding pipelines bad for business http://michiganradio.org/post/leaking-and-exploding-pipelines-bad-business <p>The last few weeks have not been good for pipeline companies.&nbsp; Coming off a summer that included <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/o/oil_spills/gulf_of_mexico_2010/index.html?scp=1-spot&amp;sq=oil%20spill&amp;st=cse">the mother of all oil spills</a> you had...</p> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 16:39:18 +0000 Mark Brush 81 at http://michiganradio.org Leaking and exploding pipelines bad for business