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Environment & Climate Change

Snyder shuffles environmental agencies

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Governor-elect Rick Snyder speaking at the Michigan Farm Bureau.

Governor-elect Rick Snyder is already shuffling things in Lansing. He’s planning to split up the Department of Natural Resources and Environment... back into two separate agencies.

Governor-elect Snyder’s decision is a reversal of an action by Governor Granholm. Granholm combined the Department of Natural Resources with the Department of Environmental Quality. Now, Governor-elect Snyder wants to split them apart again. Here’s what he said when he made the announcement this week:

“Protecting our environment is absolutely critical. The issue we have to look at is how do you balance sound science with good economics?”

There have been mixed reactions to Snyder's appointment to head the new DEQ: Dan Wyant.  I spoke with one of the most vocal critics of this pick, David Holtz, to find out why he's worried.

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