Jan 20, 2020
At both the state and federal level, there has been a move to lessen health and safety requirements and environmental restrictions on businesses. Federal watchdog agencies like the EPA and OSHA and state agencies like MOSHA and DEQ, now EGLE, in Michigan, have been under business pressure. Weaker policies and weaker policing has been pushed by big business and the rich, with the goal of making more money by having to spend less on health and safety.
The result for citizens has been incidents like the Flint water crisis, and PFAS. Now there is the “green ooze” in Madison Heights. Businesses have almost literally been getting away with murder. If not murder, then certainly sickening our residents. When these incidents occur, the news media says, “How did this happen?”
The people who work for these agencies on the front line want to do a good job and protect Michigan citizens, but they are being held back.
Reprinted from newsletter at the State of Michigan offices, in Detroit, Michigan.