Environmental Permit Review Commission

  • Act 268 of 2018 creates an Environmental Permit Review Commission (EPRC) in the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to advise the Director on two separate processes: disputes related to permit applications and contested cases regarding a permit decision. The Commission consists of 15 individuals appointed by the Governor.

    Permit applicants have the right to file a petition with the Director who then has 45 days to negotiate a decision. If the dispute is not resolved, the Director selects and convenes a three-person Panel selected from the Commission. The Panel meets with the applicant and EGLE to hear both sides. The Panel issues a recommendation to the Director and applicant. The Director issues a written decision that either agrees or disagrees with the Panel's recommendations.

    In a contested case regarding a permit, an administrative law judge would preside, make the final decision, and issue the final decision for EGLE. Any party to the case could seek review of the final decision and order by a three-person Panel selected from the Commission. The Panel's review would be limited to the record established by the administrative law judge. The Panel could adopt, remand, modify, or reverse, in whole or in part, a final decision and order. The Panel's decision would become EGLE's final decision.

    NEXT EPRC MEETING:

    Date: Monday, April 20, 2020
    Time: 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Constitution Hall, 525 West Allegan Street, Lansing
    Room: Con Con Room, Atrium South

    NEXT EPRC CONTESTED CASE REVIEW PANEL MEETING:

    Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Time:  1:00 p.m.
    Location: Ottawa Building, 611 West Ottawa, Lansing
    Room: 2nd Floor, Hearing Room M