Michigan Establishes Green Chemistry Plan

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on Sept. 15 released its strategy to promote research, development, and commercialization of innovative and practical technologies that prevent pollution through cleaner, cheaper, smarter chemistry.

The strategy, described in the report "Advancing Green Chemistry: An Action Plan for Michigan Green Chemistry Research, Development and Education," identifies key steps for the success of green chemistry in Michigan.

In October 2006, Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm issued Executive Directive No. 2007-6, "Promotion of Green Chemistry for Sustainable Economic Development and Protection of Public Health," that established state policy encouraging the use of safer, less toxic, or non-toxic chemical alternatives to hazardous substances and the research, development, and implementation of Green Chemistry in Michigan.

"Michigan is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention, so I'm proud to announce this significant advancement in our efforts to promote less toxic, safer products," said DEQ Director Steven E. Chester. "This Action Plan will guide us as we draw upon the talents of our business, environmental, and academic communities to further green chemistry advancements to protect our environment and grow our economy."

DEQ has been given primary responsibility to implement the Green Chemistry Executive Directive, including establishing a Michigan Green Chemistry Program and convening a Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable. The Roundtable, which is comprised of experts representing business, academia, environmental interest groups, and the public, had significant input into the development of the Action Plan and will be participating in the implementation of the Michigan Green Chemistry Program. 

Further information on the Michigan Green Chemistry Program, along with a copy of the action plan, is available at www.michigan.gov/deqgreenchemistry, or by calling the DEQ Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278.

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