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ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITS

SBAM supports environmental legislation that would allow internal audits to be conducted to locate actual or potential contamination problems within a facility and allow them to be corrected without penalty.  (LAC 10/31/95) (BOARD APPROVED 11/9/95)

LAND USE PRINCIPLE STATEMENT AND POLICY POSITION
  • Statewide taxation and regulatory policies that, rather than discourage suburban and rural growth, actively encourage urban development and revitalization, i.e., state and local assistance in attracting private investment (Renaissance Zones), downtown development authorities, Brownfield redevelopment), elimination of burdensome local taxes, repeal of so-called “local living wage ordinances” and other regulatory barriers that discourage small business job growth.  
  • Encouraging state government to improve its technical and educational assistance to local communities in making sound land use planning decisions that complement the interests of the state.  
  • Encouraging small business owners to be involved in community planning and land use decision-making.  
  • Providing business creation, retention and expansion incentives to bio-based businesses to help stimulate growth of the industry within our state.  The purpose is to increase the economic value of agricultural land by promoting the growth of a robust bio-based industry that can grow, produce and sell bio-based materials, fuels and processes to our durable-goods manufacturers and offer a market based alternative to materials produced from oil.
(LAC 10/2/03) (BOARD APPROVED 10/30/03)

LANDFILLS

SBAM supports continued use of landfills and incinerators as a viable option for disposal and storage of solid and hazardous wastes until advancing technology provides other cost –effective and environmentally sound alternatives (LAC 1/14/93)
(BOARD APPROVED 1/19/93)

RECYCLING

SBAM encourages voluntary recycling, opposes mandated recycling that does not recognize the market for recycled materials and products. (LAC 3/3/92)
(BOARD APPROVED 3/24/92)

STANDARDS

SBAM urges the establishment of environmental protection standards that balance environmental, health and economic concerns. (SBAM Action Agenda 2/88)
(ISSUES 91/92)

STATE PARKS

SBAM supports legislation that allows individuals to opt-in with regard to paying the additional vehicle registration fee to be used for funding Michigan’s state parks.
(LAC 6/01/09)  (BOARD APPROVED 6/18/09)

WETLANDS


SBAM supports legislation to prohibit a municipality from enacting or enforcing an ordinance on wetland development.  (LAC 11/5/91) (BOARD APPROVED 11//21/91)