Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Agency overview
Formed 1995
Preceding agency Department of Natural Resources[1]
Jurisdiction Michigan
Headquarters Lansing, Michigan
Annual budget $341.3 million (2010)
Agency executive Steven E. Chester, Director[2]
Child agencies Air Quality Division
Environmental Science and Services Division
Land and Water Management Division
Office of Geological Survey
Office of the Great Lakes
Remediation & Redevelopment Division
Waste & Hazardous Materials Division
Water Bureau[3]

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was the agency of the state of Michigan charged with "Protecting Michigan's Environment - Ensuring Michigan's Future"[4]



The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was a spin off of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR was created in 1921 as the Michigan Department of Conservation. In 1968, the name was changed to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

In 1995, The Department of Environmental Quality was created by Executive Order No. 1995-18, which transferred environmental regulatory programs from the Department of Natural Resources to it[5]. Subsequent Executive Orders transferred additional regulatory programs formerly associated with other agencies, such as Low Level Radioactive Waste Authority from the Department of Commerce, the Above Ground Storage Tank Program and the inspection of dry cleaning establishments from the Department of State Police, the Michigan Environmental Science Board and the Environmental Administration Division from the Department of Management and Budget. A significant order in 1999 created the Water Quality Advisory Board.

In 2009, Governor Jennifer Granholm moved to merge the Department back into the Department of Natural Resources and the authority to appoint the reunited department's director instead of Natural Resources Commission. The State Senate has passed a resolution to stop the merger. [6]

See also

  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment


  1. ^ History of DEQ
  2. ^ DEQ Director Steven E. Chester
  3. ^ Guide to DEQ Divisions & Offices
  4. ^ from the Agency's home page, accessed December 20, 2006
  5. ^ from the Agency's history page, accessed December 20, 2006
  6. ^ "Metro briefs: Granholm merger plan voted down". Detroit News (Detroit, Michigan). November 13. 2009. http://www.detnews.com/article/20091113/METRO/911130369/1409/METRO. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 

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