2017 Legislative & Regulatory Accomplishments

Mission: Represent our members to influence policies that promote and grow a safe, environmentally responsible, and competitive business of chemistry in Michigan.

Achieving Competitive Energy Policies - The MCC has been actively involved in the implementation of last year’s new energy laws. Through legislative lobbying, public comments, and participation in various workgroups at the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), the MCC helped shaped the early decisions regarding electric choice. Notably, the MCC retained legal counsel to intervene in contested cases that determined potential capacity charges for choice customers, leading to the MPSC setting significantly lower charges. The MCC has also engaged in energy workgroups dealing with long-term utility planning, utility regulation, and customer demand response.

Protecting Chemical Plant Safety - The MCC led the effort in the state of Michigan to adopt responsible protections from drone interference at critical facilities, including chemical plants. A recent task force report recommended the enactment of legislation – which the MCC expects to be taken up next year – to codify such protections. The MCC has also worked to stop proposals that would interfere with employers’ ability to regulate firearms on company property.

Ensuring Effective Cleanup Rules - The MCC is working with other industry groups to help address concerns with proposed revisions to Michigan’s environmental cleanup law, Part 201 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA). MDEQ proposals over the past few years would have significantly increased the burden and cost of remediation activities for member companies. However, industry efforts have helped to address some of the most significant concerns, and negotiations continue to progress with other stakeholders.

Reforming Michigan’s Solid Waste and Recycling Laws - The MCC has worked closely with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to modernize our state’s Part 115 solid waste policies to better promote a sustainable materials management approach, including better accommodations for energy recovery technologies for difficult-to-recycle plastics. Legislation is expected next year to implement these recommendations.

Promoting Energy Infrastructure - The MCC has worked with industry partners to promote a reliable energy infrastructure system, including the appropriate maintenance of the Line 5 pipeline and the development of new natural gas pipelines in the Midwest.

Opening Markets for Infrastructure Materials - The MCC has spearheaded efforts to expand opportunities for plastic (PVC & HDPE) pipes in our state. Legislation (SB 157) is pending in the Senate that would facilitate greater market access for these alternative infrastructure materials through the requirement of open competition in the bidding process.

Confirming Sound Science – The MCC provided significant support for ACC and member company efforts to confirm the scientific evidence for health-based screening levels for a key compound, toluene diisocyanate (TDI). These efforts were successful in persuading the MDEQ to revise its toxicological assessment and confirm the sound science relating to the safety of TDI.

Responding to Emerging Issues - The MCC has recently taken up the emerging issue of perfluorinated compounds (known as PFAS or PFCs), which have raised concerns across the state since being discovered in groundwater and drinking water from legacy uses. The MCC plans to actively engage its members and other interested parties as the state moves to respond to these concerns.