The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) continues to inspect facilities, respond to reports of pollution, process permit requests, 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 to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect its employees, while ensuring that the vital work of protecting Michigan's environment and public health is vigorously pursued.
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A portion of EGLE's staff have returned to the main office in Lansing and its ten district offices. EGLE offices welcome applicants and residents to meet with staff by appointment and for scheduled meetings as long as proper safety measures are followed. Guidance will be posted at each office for unscheduled visitors.
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 safeguards to protect themselves and the public.
EGLE staff and offices continue to receive physical mail and deliveries on a regular, but limited, basis.
Virtual, online public participation options are available for public meetings, hearings, and informational sessions. This spring, EGLE will begin transitioning to some in-person and/or hybrid (in-person and virtual) events. Additional services such as translation of documents and accepting phone comments, which are transcribed into the public record are available. 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