- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says it could shed lots of busy work if lawmakers scrapped a dozen mandatory reports the department deems unnecessary.

The Lansing State Journal reports (https://on.lsj.com/1KvQQC7 ) the DEQ estimates that if the reports were handled by one full-time employee it would take that worker more than 33 weeks to complete. Among them is one detailing Canadian trash deposited in Michigan landfills.

DEQ spokesman Brad Wurfel says: “Nobody’s really getting upset about trash from Canada, anymore, and yet we’re still putting out that report every year.”

Some lawmakers want a review of the more than 1,100 reports state agencies are required by law to submit to the Legislature. Gov. Rick Snyder’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention is tackling the reports and hopes to recommend streamlining this year.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com


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