Environmental/Apr 18, 2019

MDEQ Reorganizes and Changes Name to EGLE

As a result of Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order (EO) 2019-06, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is being reorganized and renamed as the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) effective April 22, 2019. This EO does more than merely changing the name of MDEQ:

  • The Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team is created, consisting of directors of major departments within Michigan government, with the intent of providing advice to ensure that all Michigan residents are equally protected from environmental hazards.
  • The Office of Clean Water Public Advocate is created to, among other things, accept and investigate drinking water quality complaints, develop a statewide reporting system for complaints regarding drinking water quality, and to assist other departments/agencies as needed.
  • The Office of Climate and Energy is created to coordinate activities related to climate response and to make recommendations regarding the mitigation of climate impact, among other functions.
  • The Office of Great Lakes is transferred from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to EGLE.
  • The Office of Environmental Justice Public Advocate is created to, among other things, accept and investigate environmental justice complaints, develop a statewide reporting system for complaints regarding environmental justice, and to assist other departments/agencies as needed.
  • The director of EGLE may create one or more science review boards to advise the governor and EGLE regarding various scientific issues.

A copy of the MDEQ press release can be accessed at the following link: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDEQ/bulletins/23f2591