Sen. Santana on Senate vote against Whitmer environmental executive order

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D–Detroit) today released the following statement after the Michigan Senate voted along party lines to approve House Concurrent Resolution 1. The resolution overturns Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2019-02, which would restructure the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) into the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

“Michigan residents voted unequivocally to elect Gov. Whitmer to office on the promise that she would protect our state’s natural resources. Apparently the lessons learned in the Flint Water Crisis haven’t resonated with my colleagues, because there is no amount of money in this world that can replace clean water and clean air.

“While Republicans are busy handing out Valentines to corporate polluters, I promise to stand with the governor and continue fighting for the people of my district so they have access to safe, clean drinking water. This executive order would have gone a long way to protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink.”

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