Gov. Rick SNYDER has announced the initial appointments to the Environmental Permit Review Commission that was approved by lawmakers in May and signed by the Governor in June of 2018.
Established by Public Act 268 of 2018, the Environmental Permit Review Commission was created within the DEQ to advise the director on disputes related to permits and permit applications.
"This board will work to protect Michigan's environment by having field experts on the committee carefully review all permits to ensure projects are in the best interest of preserving Michigan's resources and environment," Snyder said. “When state leaders make decisions impacting environmental quality, Michiganders deserve full transparency”.
The commission is comprised of 15 members, who must have the equivalent of six years of full-time relevant experience as a practicing engineer, geologist, hydrologist, or hydrogeologist or have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a discipline of engineering or science related to air or water and have the equivalent of eight years of full-time relevant experience.
When a permit application is disputed, the department director may call a panel of three commission members, based on their area of expertise, to form an Environmental Permit Panel to review and advise on permit applications.
The initial appointments to the Environmental Permit Review Commission are as follows;
Dennis Bittner, of Gladstone, is a licensed professional engineer and the owner of Bittner Engineering Inc. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2020.
Jamie Buckingham, of Eaton Rapids, is the COO and a principal geologist for Triterra, an environmental consulting firm. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2020.
Mark Henne, of Williamston, is a hydrogeologist and environmental consultant for Henne Environmental. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2020.
Mark Prein, of Grand Rapids, is a licensed professional engineer serving as vice president and senior project manager for Prein & Newhof. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2020.
Tony Anthony, of Novi, is principal of AKT Peerless Environmental and Energy Services and is a planning commissioner for the city of Novi. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2021.
Theodore Bornhorst, of Houghton, is a professor of geology and the executive director of the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Technological University. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2021.
Dirk Mammen, of Traverse City, is a licensed attorney, serving as a principal scientist, corporate due diligence services director and Traverse City office manager for Environmental Consulting and Technology, Inc. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2021.
Evan Pratt, of Ann Arbor, is a licensed professional engineer serving as a water resources commissioner and the director of public works for Washtenaw County. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2021.
Jeffery King, of Pentwater, is the founder and president of the ecological consulting firm King and MacGregor Environmental, Inc. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2021.
Bryan Burroughs, of DeWitt, is the executive director of Michigan Trout Unlimited, a non-profit conservation organization. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2022.
Matthew Germane, of Hartland, is a licensed professional engineer, serving as a senior project engineer for Environmental Resource Group, LLC. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2022.
Lori Myott, of Grand Ledge, is the manager of the environmental service department for Lansing Board of Water and Light. Her term will expire Aug. 28, 2022.
Bradley Venman, of Lansing, is a quality officer and senior vice president of NTH Consultants, Ltd., an environmental consulting firm. His term will expire Aug. 28, 2022.
After these initial appointments, members will serve 4-year terms.