Nofs, governor speak on Nofs’ bill addressing contaminated and abandoned sites

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Nofs, along with Gov. Rick Snyder and other state leaders, spoke on Thursday on the necessity of addressing environmental needs in the state.

Nofs has introduced Senate Bill 943, which would provide a sustainable funding source to address contaminated and abandoned sites while investing in Michigan’s recycling and solid waste activities.

“It is vital that we clean up and reinvest in these properties,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Under my bill, we will use existing infrastructure to improve and protect the environment while increasing local tax bases, facilitating job growth and taking development pressures off of undeveloped, open land.”

Nofs attended a “Renewing and Rebuilding Michigan” event in Lansing at which the governor spoke of the need to protect Michigan’s public health and environment through smart, environmental and water infrastructure investments.

Nofs said there are over 3,000 contaminated sites in Michigan that still need remediation, including more than 30 confirmed sites with emerging PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contaminant issues.

“Environmental issues can pose a serious threat to our health and quality of life,” Nofs said. “Senate Bill 943 provides a common-sense approach to sustainably building a better Michigan without indebting future generations.”

SB 943 is currently before the Senate Committee on Government Operations.

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