LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took action to address Michigan’s water crisis this morning, signing two executive orders and one executive directive. The executive orders would create a new Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, as well as form a PFAS Action Response Team, while her executive directive will enter Michigan into the U.S. Climate Alliance to advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, which the U.S. withdrew from in 2017. In response, House Democratic Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) issued the following statement:

“As the Great Lakes State our identity is inherently tied to our water. Keeping that water clean, and protecting the Michiganders who drink it and bathe in it every day, should be a bipartisan value. After eight years of inaction to address water crises across the state, I am pleased Gov. Whitmer is taking proactive steps to protect and safeguard the health of Michigan families and our state economy. House Democrats are ready to continue this important work in the Legislature, fighting to ensure access to clean water for all Michiganders.”