Deregulating toxic air chemicals a major shift

By Guy O. Williams and Chris Kolb

December 4, 2015

Excerpt: “The state’s proposed deregulation of some 500 chemicals would pack a potent punch in Detroit, where many people live in the shadow of heavy industry, and where asthma puts residents in the hospital three to six times as often as in the rest of Michigan.  Yet, the department’s plan for gathering input on the proposed deregulation does not include any public meetings in Southeast Michigan — the state’s most populous region, and one with serious air quality concerns. … DEQ has lost sight of its mission and is more interested in creating a friendly business environment than in protecting human health and Michigan’s air, land and water.”