State House Democrats are rolling out a package of bills aimed at forcing corporate polluters to pay for cleaning up their messes.
The eight bill package would increase fines, eliminate the statute of limitations on civil claims and repeal limits on the state’s ability to crack down on polluters.
Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit) wants corporations to be held more accountable for cleaning up contamination.
“Today, state lawmakers are taking aim at bad corporate polluters,” says Robinson. “Bad actors…who have poisoned us without being punished."
The legislation goes beyond expensive clean-up projects.
Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) wants to bar corporate polluters from sitting on state panels that oversee environmental regulations.
“No more letting polluters regulate themselves. That’s what this bill package is about,” says Kuppa. “No more letting the fox guard the hen house.”
The bill’s sponsors say this is an issue that crosses party lines and transcends Michigan’s traditional regional boundaries.