Both House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees working on the 2019 DEQ budget reported out bills last week that did not include a proposed 1,200 percent increase in Michigan’s landfill tipping fee from 36 cents per ton to $4.75/ton.
A portion of this tax revenue would have been directed to pay for the “orphaned share” of responsibility in Part 201 risk mitigation efforts.
While this tax on manufacturers could be inserted at any point in the budget development process, this action by the subcommittees is a strong signal that the support for such an increase is fading. In place of the ill-fated tipping tax, the House subcommittee approved a recommendation to put $25 million from the General Fund for Part 201 risk mitigation efforts of orphaned sites.
“MMA remains opposed to this tipping tax, however, we do support the use of General Fund dollars to pay for continuing Part 201 ‘clean up’ of orphaned sites,” said Andy Such, MMA director of environmental and regulatory policy.
For more information, contact MMA’s Andy Such, at 517-487-8543 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or join the MMA Environmental Policy Committee to be among the first in Michigan to influence regulatory policy. The next meeting of the MMA Environmental Policy Committee is 4/10/18 in Lansing.
This article first appeared in the 3/27/18 issue of MFG Voice.