• Michigan DNRE Abolished
  • January 20, 2011 | Author: Charles M. Denton
  • Law Firm: Barnes & Thornburg LLP - Grand Rapids Office
  • By Executive Order, New Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Jan. 4, 2011, abolished the Department of Natural Resources & Environment (MDNRE). Executive Order No. 2011-1 recreates the former Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) as principal Departments in the Executive Branch. In effect, the Governor’s first Executive Order unwinds former Governor Granholm’s Executive Order No. 2009-45 which consolidated the MDNR and MDEQ into the MDNRE one year ago.

    This re-establishment of the MDNR and MDEQ was not unexpected. In fact, Governor Snyder had previously announced the Directors he would appoint for each of these Departments. Dan Wyant, former Director of the Department of Agriculture under Governor Engler, is the new MDEQ Director and Rodney Stokes is the new DNR Director. Furthermore, directors of DEQ, DNR and Department of Agriculture (now headed by Director Keith Creagh) all serve on the Natural Resources Commission within the Executive Branch. Director Wyant will be the newly appointed chairperson of the Natural Resources Commission.

    The Executive Order will become effective unless the Michigan legislature overrides it, which is not expected.