LANSING — Today, House Republicans approved a resolution to reject Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent executive order which, among other things, eliminates three review boards the Legislature passed last year. These review boards allow corporate representatives to oversee the DEQ, now called EGLE under the Governor’s reorganization plan, and its permitting process. In response, state Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) issued the following statement:

“Clean water and breathable air are not partisan issues; they are fundamental human rights. What happened today will put the health and safety of all Michiganders at risk. Gov. Whitmer’s orders were necessary to enable the department to respond quickly and efficiently to environmental crises across the state. We should be partnering with her to ensure that the water we drink and the air we breathe is safe for our families now and in the future.”