Last year, legislation was enacted providing permit applicants a process to submit appeals to the newly established Environmental Permit Review Commission. While the EGLE has reviewed and issued thousands of permits already this year and no appeals have needed to go through the process yet, the department hosted an Environmental Permit Review Commission meeting this week to discuss the department's permit processes.
With 9,000 of the department's permits flowing through the Water Resources Division, Teresa Seidel, Water Resources Division Director, presented on EGLE's statutory requirements related to Michigan's water resources. The department is responsible for protecting the Great Lakes, 11,000 inland lakes, 76,000 miles of rivers and streams, 6.5 million acres of wetlands, and 74,000 acres of coastal dunes. "The permit decisions within the Water Resources Division ensure Michigan families are able to enjoy safe and clean water for both drinking and recreational activities, such as fishing and boating," said Seidel.
Representatives from the Air Quality Division; Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division; and Materials Management Division also provided overviews of the permitting programs in their divisions.
To learn more, visit the Environmental Permit Review Commission web page.