Whitmer signs new order to replace one shot down by GOP

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a new executive order on Wednesday to replace one shot down by Republicans

The order establishes the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, which Whitmer says will focus on providing clean drinking water, protecting the Great Lakes, mitigating PFAS, and addressing climate change.

“Every Michigander deserves safe, clean drinking water, and I’m not going to let partisan politics slow down the important work that needs to get done right now to protect public health,” she said in press release.

Republicans in the Michigan Legislature overturned her order last week because they said it wiped out environmental boards and committees that lawmakers had set up before she took office. 

The new order eliminates the Environmental Science Advisory Board but keeps two others in place while the governor waits for the Attorney General to make a decision about whether the commissions are legal.

The Republican-led legislature still has the power to reject the order over the next 60 days.

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