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File #: 20-0386    Version: 1 Name: 3/16/20 Resolution Urging State of Michigan to Adopt HB 4212 and SB 116
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/16/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 3/16/2020 Final action: 3/16/2020
Enactment date: 3/16/2020 Enactment #: R-20-097
Title: A Resolution Urging the State of Michigan to Adopt HB 4212 and SB 116, the so-called "Polluter Pays Act"
Sponsors: Council Policy Agenda Committee
A Resolution Urging the State of Michigan to Adopt HB 4212 and SB 116, the so-called "Polluter Pays Act"
The City Council Policy Agenda Committee at their January 28, 2020 meeting, asked to have a resolution endorsing the so-called "Polluter Pays Act" prepared for Council's consideration.

This law, introduced as HB 4212 in the Michigan House of Representatives by, among others, Representatives Yousef Rabhi, Donna Lasinski, and Rebekah Warren, and SB 116 in the Senate by Senator Jeff Irwin, is intended to give the State of Michigan the power to compel the cleanup of aquifer contamination that "to the extent technically feasible, meets the cleanup criteria for unrestricted residential use and restores any affected aquifer to state drinking water standards," as defined by the proposed statute.

There has been some discussion about how effective this bill would be in dealing with the Gelman Plume and other similar sites given the technically difficulty of restoration in these instances. However, the law does clarify the state's powers in these situations. The House bill was introduced on February 19, 2019 by Representative Yousef Rabhi and assigned to the Committee on Natural Resources. The Senate bill was introduced on the same day and assigned to the Committee on Environmental Quality. Neither bill has been scheduled for a hearing and neither has received an analysis from the Legislative Services Bureau.
Prepared by: John Fournier, Assistant City Administrator
Reviewed by: Council Policy Agenda Committee
Whereas, The City of Ann Arbor and communities all across Michigan have been adversely affected by corporate polluters who have contaminated aquifers, waterways, and soils; and

Whereas, Ann Arbor's legislative delegation has worked at the state level to identify and propose remedies for these issues that can empower the state government and local communities to hold polluters accountable; and

Whereas, One such measure is HB 4...

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