Gov. Makes Initial Appointments to the Environmental Rules Review Committee

Governor Snyder has announced the initial appointments to the Environmental Rules Review Committee (ERRC) that was approved by lawmakers in May and signed by the Governor in June of 2018. The ERRC created within the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget will oversee all of the DEQ’s rulemaking process.

We are excited to announce that the ERRC Committee established by Public Act 267 of 2018, will Include MOGA Director David Maness, president of Maness Petroleum.  He will be representing Michigan’s oil and gas industry alongside others from a variety of stakeholder groups. Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage on our industry’s representative on the Rules Board in next week’s Michigan Oil and Gas News.  

The committee is comprised of four ex-officio department directors from the Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Department of Natural Resources as non-voting members. In addition to the Department Directors, the board will also consist of twelve voting members representing waste management; manufacturing; small businesses; utilities; environmental; oil and gas; conservancy and agricultural organizations; local governments; public health professionals and the public. 

“The appointees each have different roles in the environmental field, and I am confident they will use their experiences to ensure the DEQ is creating rules that will benefit and protect Michigan’s environment and natural resources,” Snyder said.

The initial appointments to the Environmental Rules Review Committee are as follows;  

Terms expiring Oct. 4, 2020:

Janet Barlow of Clio is the owner and manager of Jan’s Professional Dry Cleaners, Inc. She will represent Independents and a statewide organization that represents small businesses.

James Clift of Lansing is a policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council and was previously an environmental policy analyst for the Michigan Senate. He will represent Democrats and a statewide environmental organization.

Eric Pessell of Delton is the health officer for the Calhoun County Public Health Department and previously served as the environmental health director for Kent County. He will represent Independents and public health professionals.

Nicholas Ramos is the manager of environmental policy for General Motors. He will represent Republicans and a statewide manufacturing organization.

Terms expiring Oct. 4, 2021:

Tyler Ernst of Lansing is assistant general counsel for Michigan Farm Bureau. He will represent Republicans and a statewide agricultural organization.

Mark Fowler of East Jordan is the superintendent of water/wastewater for Boyne City. He will represent Republicans and local governments.

John Myers of Northville is a licensed professional engineer, serving as director of innovation and business optimization for Waste Management of Michigan. He will represent Democrats and the solid waste management industry.

Grant Trigger of West Bloomfield is the Michigan cleanup manager for the Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response (RACER) Trust. He serves on the Great Lakes Compact Council and is a founding member of the Michigan chapter of the National Brownfield Association. He will represent Independents and the general public.

 

Terms expiring Oct. 4, 2022:

Helen Taylor of Okemos is Michigan state director for The Nature Conservancy and currently serves on the Great Lakes Commission. She will represent Independents and a statewide land conservancy organization.

David Maness of Midland is the president of Maness Petroleum, chairman of the Isabella Bank Corporation and serves on the board of directors for the Michigan Oil and Gas Association. He will represent Republicans and the oil and gas industry.

Fadi Mourad of Farmington Hills is a licensed professional engineer and the director of environmental strategy for DTE Energy. He will represent Independents and public utilities that engage in the generation, transmission or distribution of electricity.

Robert Nederhood of Grosse Pointe Park is senior counsel for Foley and Lardner, LLP and previously served as deputy director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs – Office of Regulatory Reinvention. He will represent Independents and the general public.

After initial appointments, members serve four­year terms subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

 

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