2017-18 MCC Advocacy Accomplishments

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

Protecting Chemical Plant Safety – The MCC led efforts to address concerns from the use of drones at key facilities, including chemical plants. Legislation signed by the Governor will prohibit the unauthorized use of drones to interfere with such facilities, while another MCC-developed law will regulate the use of drones by state agencies for compliance and enforcement. Lastly, the MCC has also worked to stop proposals that would limit employers’ ability to regulate firearms on company property.

Ensuring Effective Cleanup Rules - The MCC worked with other industry groups to help address problems 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. However, a new law supported by the MCC will restore significant certainty to cleanup rules for the regulated community. Another law will provide $45 million annually to help address contaminated orphan sites in the state.

Responding to Emerging Contaminants - The MCC is actively engaged on the emerging issue of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which have raised concerns across the state since being discovered in groundwater and drinking water from legacy uses. The MCC helped to facilitate communication between member companies and state regulators, and also educated lawmakers and the media on this issue of significant interest. The MCC will continue to ensure that sound science and risk management approaches drive future state efforts in this area.

Reforming Michigan’s Solid Waste and Recycling Laws - The MCC worked closely with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to modernize our state’s solid waste policies to better promote a sustainable materials management approach, including regulatory exemptions for energy recovery technologies for difficult-to-recycle plastics. While these legislative efforts will continue next year, another measure will provide more than $20 million annually to boost Michigan’s solid waste and recycling efforts.

Achieving Competitive Energy Policies - The MCC has actively worked on behalf of ratepayers in the implementation of the 2016 energy laws. Through legislative advocacy, public comments, and participation in various Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) workgroups, the MCC helped shaped the early decisions regarding electric choice. The MCC retained legal counsel to advocate in cases that determined capacity charges for choice customers, leading to the MPSC setting significantly lower charges. The MCC has also intervened in the cases to determine the long-term plans for the state’s two major utilities, Consumers Energy and DTE.

Promoting Energy Infrastructure - The MCC has worked with industry partners to promote a reliable energy infrastructure system. In particular, the Snyder administration worked to set on course an infrastructure solution for the Line 5 pipeline at the Straits of Mackinac, ensuring environmental protection and energy security.

Talent Development – The MCC participated in active industry coalitions that advanced numerous talent development policies. Under the banner of the Governor’s “Marshall Plan for Talent,” these measures will greatly increase the reach of skilled trades and career and technical education (CTE) programs. The MCC is also considering how our industry might collaborate to develop its own talent pipeline programs.

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