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Snyder wants to spend $370 million on PFAS cleanup, infrastructure, Child Protective Services

Gov. Rick Snyder
Governor Rick Snyder delivering his State of the State address Wednesday night.

Governor Rick Snyder wants to put more than $370 million toward things like clean water, infrastructure, and Child Protective Services.

Snyder also wants to put tens of millions of dollars toward curbing PFAS contamination. PFAS chemicals are an emerging contaminant that have popped up in groundwater, drinking water and surface water across the state.

James Clift is the policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council. He says the new money won’t clean up every PFAS site in the state. 

“It would continue to give the state robust funding so they can find places where PFAS is present and where they could take steps to minimize public exposure,” he says.

Clift says if passed, this is probably enough money for the state to keep up its current efforts to curb PFAS. He calls it a great start. 

There’s also a controversial item in Snyder's plan. About four and a half million dollars would be put toward a new plan to replace a section of the controversial Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The line is owned by Enbridge Energy – and Snyder recently announced plans to construct a new section of pipeline that Enbridge would pay for.

Kurt Weiss is with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

“Enbridge is still on the hook for the deal that we have with them for the operational cost of building and construction and all that. This is really sort of the project management and making sure that we’re holding Enbridge accountable,” he says.

Weiss says the money would be used for things like oversight of Enbridge, mapping, and legal services.

Editor's note: Enbridge is one of Michigan Radio's corporate sponsors.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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