House Bill 4604, recently passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed into law by Governor Snyder on January 26, 2016, provides permit exemptions under Part 91 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) for certain earth changes that are associated with specific agricultural practices and residential property owner activities. These changes, which become effective on February 25, 2016, provide an exemption from having to obtain a Part 91 SESC permit for the following agricultural practices (provided the activities do not result in/contribute to soil erosion or sedimentation of waters of the state or a sediment discharge off-site):
A residential property owner is exempt from Part 91 SESC permit requirements for the following activities conducted on individual residential property that is owned and occupied by him/her (provided the activities do not result in/contribute to soil erosion or sedimentation of waters of the state or a sediment discharge off-site):
The activities described above are not exempt from enforcement procedures in the event that soil erosion or sedimentation into the waters of the state occurs, or the activity results in a sediment discharge off-site.
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