Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced appointments to the state’s new Environmental Rules Review Committee and Environmental Science Advisory Board. Among the appointees is Tyler Ernst, assistant general counsel for Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB).
Snyder’s announcement follows last month’s Environmental Permit Review Commission appointments that included Farm Bureau members Matt Germane and Evan Pratt.
All three bodies are a direct result of legislation advocated for and supported by Farm Bureau to increase transparency and accountability within the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as well as strengthen stakeholder involvement.
The Environmental Rules Review Committee is an independent body within the Office of Performance and Transformation, designed to oversee all DEQ rule-making. It is comprised of four ex-officio department heads and 12 members who represent different industries and organizations outlined in statute.
“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.
For terms expiring Oct. 4, 2020:
For terms expiring Oct. 4, 2021:
For terms expiring Oct. 4, 2022:
After initial appointments, members serve four-year terms subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
For terms expiring Oct. 4, 2019:
After initial appointments, members serve three-year terms.