What you need to know about EGLE and the Coronavirus

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    In accordance with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's request to limit personal interactions, EGLE has closed its district offices and other facilities to visits from the public to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) continues to inspect facilities, respond to reports of pollution, and enforce laws and permit conditions that protect public health and the environment during the COVID-19 crisis.

    EGLE is constantly reviewing, tailoring, and amending processes in innovative ways that comply with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, while ensuring that the vital work of protecting Michigan's environment and public health is vigorously pursued.

    Follow state actions and guidelines at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

    EGLE Establishes Process for Handling Enforcement Discretion Due to COVID-19 (ended July 1, 2021)

  • EGLE’s main office in Lansing and ten district offices are closed, however more than 90 percent of EGLE’s staff of roughly 1,200 are working remotely and continuing to inspect facilities, respond to reports of pollution, process permit requests, enforce laws and permit conditions that protect public health and the environment during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Employees with job duties requiring in-person interactions – including laboratory staff, those who conduct facility inspections and those responding to pollution complaints among others – are adhering strictly to social distancing, masking and other safeguards to protect themselves and the public.

    EGLE staff and offices continue to receive physical mail and deliveries on a regular, but limited, basis.

    EGLE is constantly reviewing, tailoring, and amending processes and inspection protocols in innovative ways that comply with the State of Michigan’s COVID-19 rules and safeguards, while ensuring that the vital work of protecting Michigan’s environment and public health is vigorously pursued.

    Public meetings, hearings and informational sessions have been converted to virtual, online events with additional efforts to facilitate public participation including but not limited to extended comment deadlines, translation of documents, and accepting phone comments which are transcribed into the public record. Upcoming events may be found at Michigan.gov/EGLEevents.

    If you have specific questions regarding EGLE’s operational adjustments during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may address them to EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov.

     

    Michigan.gov/Coronavirus        CDC.gov/Coronavirus