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Snyder's executive order ensures fire prevention, environmental protection; streamlines regulation

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today issued Executive Order 2012-14, which transfers the Aboveground Storage Tank Program and the Underground Storage Tank Program from the Department of Environmental Quality to the Bureau of Fire Services, within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.   

"By transferring this program to the Bureau of Fire Services, both the regulations and enforcement can be streamlined and made more efficient and effective, ensuring we're best protecting our state's residents, communities and environment," Snyder said.


Most other states in the Great Lakes region regulate aboveground storage tanks through their equivalent of the Bureau of Fire Services. A number of states regulate underground storage tanks in a similar manner. The regulation of leaking underground storage tanks will remain with the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Bureau of Fire Services will work cooperatively with DEQ in identifying leaking storage tanks.


This Executive Order implements recommendation R-7 from the Office of Regulatory Reinvention's Environmental Recommendations.