What you need to know about EGLE and the Coronavirus
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.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about EGLE’s work during the pandemic.
EGLE and the Coronavirus FAQs
- Are EGLE's offices open?
- Is EGLE staff still performing inspections and responding to pollution events?
- Is EGLE still enforcing pollution laws and the conditions of permits issued to entities that release pollutants?
- Are you making exceptions in cases where the COVID-19 crisis makes it dangerous for workers at regulated companies to adhere to their regulatory obligations?
- Are you continuing to accept and process permit requests?
- Why not just postpone the permitting process?
- How should personal protective equipment (PPE) used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 be disposed?
- How can the public provide input on permits and other matters if in-person public meetings are not allowed?
- Communities most affected by pollution are typically the ones least likely to have internet connections and other tools to participate remotely. How are you ensuring the voices of marginalized communities are heard?
- Gov. Whitmer ordered the restoration of water service to homes that had been cut off during the COVID-19 emergency. What is EGLE doing to facilitate that?
- Michigan has been a leader in addressing PFAS. How will COVID-19 restrictions affect that work?
- Is EGLE still monitoring air quality?
- EGLE Establishes Process for Handling Enforcement Discretion Due to COVID-19
- What is the status of community water supply report submissions under Executive Order 2020-28?