State Management of the Environment Part One: An Evaluation of the Michigan Experience

Michigan’s citizens, as well as its government, seem but dimly aware of the fact that Michigan-the home of America’s most growth-centered industry, the automobile-lies at the very eye of the environmental storm. This article seeks to take a broad look at the shortcomings of Michigan’s environmental protection in recent years. In so doing, it groups many of Michigan’s recent environmental failings into broad categories which will both clarify the status of Michigan’s environmental law climate and provide a basis for its reform. Parts One and Two consist of this analysis and evaluation. Part Three will examine possible solutions and offer suggestions for reform.