Let's be clear about who Gov. Rick Snyder's allegiance should be to: the residents of Michigan.
There's no question that the state can't thrive without a healthy business environment and a robust economy. But when the health and well-being of businesses and residents are in conflict, residents should win. Hands down. Every time.
It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Snyder doesn’t understand that.
Look at the most recent outrageous display of backroom pandering to emerge from the Snyder administration: E-mails obtained by the Free Press show that the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Snyder’s business development agency, seemingly worked to smooth the path for a high-polluting industrial plant that wants to release even more toxic air emissions.
Dearborn-based Severstal North America is “by far the most egregious facility in the state” when it comes to air quality requirements, according to an e-mail written by a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employee, with 117 complaints and more than 20 violation notices issued since 2010. That’s one reason the MDEQ strongly opposed the company’s efforts to alter its permit, which would allow Severstal to release pollutants at levels up to 725 times higher than the company’s permit allows.
Until the MEDC got involved. More ...