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Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. In Michigan, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The DEQ is responsible for protecting Michigan's land, water, and air from pollution.
• Administration and enforcement. The DEQ has received authorization from the EPA to implement its own state air, water, and waste management rules. To receive and maintain federal authorization, DEQ's air, water, and waste management rules have to be at least as stringent as the federal rules.
Effective April 2011, Michigan's governor reversed a January 2010 Executive Order that had consolidated the regulatory functions of the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality. Executive Order 2011-1 also placed the Bureau of Energy Systems under the ...