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Elimination of sales...

Two bills introduced in January would eliminate the sales tax and use tax on the purchase of energy conservation products.

Large tax incentives for carbon sequestration?

A recent bill introduced in the House would create a large tax break for implementing a carbon sequestration system.

Major tax incentives for renewable energy proposed

A proposed House bill would provide major tax incentives for homeowners to install renewable energy systems.

$20,000 tax credits for alternative fuel pumps

Gas station owners can receive up to $20,000 in tax credits towards installing alternative fuel pumps at their stations.

Laundry and dish was...

Two bills that passed on the last day of the 94th Legislature will require that laundry and dish washing detergents designed for home use not contain more than 0.5% phosphorus.

Proposed act would g...

A proposed bill would require that the large utility companies enter into contracts with all eligible renewable energy projects. The contracts would last at least 20 years and guarantee a "reasonable profit" for the electricity produced.

Single website will ...

The Department of Agriculture will be required to put together a website which shows in a concise and readable fashion the procedural steps that would need to be taken to build an alternative fuel production plant in Michigan.

Renewable energy ren...

The amount of renewable energy renaissance zones will be increased from 10 to 15. At least five of these zones must be designated for the production of cellulosic biofuels.

SB 1048 passes, crea...

This bill creates a tax incentive program for residential improvements that would increase a home's energy efficiency.

SB 1585 introduced, ...

This bill would allow the Department of Treasury to hand out grants for renewable energy research. Funding would come from DNR contracts for oil and natural gas exploration on state land.
Michigan's Ban on Burning Garbage Begins in April PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 December 2010 05:54
Life will change in Michigan beginning April 1, 2011 when the state's new burn ban on household waste takes effect. Citizens will no longer be able to burn household trash in their yards. Michigan is one of a few states and the only Great Lakes States currently permitting the burning of household trash. Currently some Michigan cities, especially those in heavily populated urban areas, already have ordinances against outdoor burning. The new ban will apply to the entire state. The ban will not include the burning of leaves, brush or lawn clippings, although composting would be a better alternative from an environmental viewpoint.

Studies have proven the burning of household trash releases pollutants such as hydrogen cyanide, benzene, lead, mercury and carbon dioxide into the air. The smoke is a nuisance to neighbors of the trash burning citizens and the particulate material released in the smoke is harmful to those with respiratory issues, such as asthma.

From now until April 1, the burning of household trash will be allowed in burn barrels. The barrels are problematic because they are often unattended while burning. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE), 30% of all wildfires are caused by burning debris resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars of property damage. The new law will not apply to recreational or campfires.

The DNRE will be working to educate the public and elected officials about the new open burn ban, the dangers of trash burning and waste disposal options in their community. The burn ban will be enforced by local government and will result in less pollution, less smoke and odor created by the burning of garbage, and fewer wild fires. The hope is to create cleaner air resulting in better health for all.




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