Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Declaration of State of Emergency
On August 30, 2021, the city of Flat Rock, located primarily in Wayne County, experienced a hazardous materials emergency in the form of an unknown odor, posing a serious health and safety threat to residents. The contaminant and source of the odor have not been identified, but the leak has the potential to be explosive. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy and the United States Environmental Protection Agency are involved in investigation and testing. On September 1, 2021, Wayne County and the city of Flat Rock declared local states of emergency in response to this situation. As of September 2, 2021, detectable levels of the contaminant in the sewer system continue to warrant a concern of explosion and several homes have been evacuated.
Section 1 of article 5 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 vests the executive power of the State of Michigan in the governor. Under the Emergency Management Act, 1976 PA 390, as amended, MCL 30.403(4), "[t]he governor shall, by executive order or proclamation, declare a state of emergency if he or she finds that an emergency has occurred or that the threat of an emergency exists."
Therefore, acting under the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, including the Emergency Management Act, 1976 PA 390, as amended, MCL 30.401 to 30.421, I find it reasonable and necessary to order the following: