Michigan May Reduce Number of Regulated Chemicals

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DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan officials may reduce significantly the number of chemicals subject to air pollution limits.

The Detroit News reports Wednesday that an advisory committee has recommended cutting the number of regulated chemicals from more than 1,200 to 756. That's a 37 percent reduction.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says it would bring Michigan in line with other states. Industry leaders say it would reduce business costs and make Michigan more economically competitive.
Some environmental groups say the changes could make the air dirtier, endangering human health.

The advisory committee report is expected to be submitted to state officials later this year. The proposed changes could take effect in 2014.

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