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E-M:/ DEQ Chief to speak at U-M Law School Wednesday




Contact: John Masson                                                     For immediate release

(734) 647-7352                                                                     Nov. 29, 2007




Michigan DEQ chief to speak at Michigan Law


Great Lakes, climate change on Steven E. Chester’s agenda





ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Among Michiganders, interest in global warming seems locked in an inverse relationship with the Great Lakes: when the lakes go down, the interest goes up.


So, with the lakes approaching record lows, a talk on “The State of the Michigan Environment: From the Great Lakes to Climate Change” by the head of the state’s Department of Environmental Quality could hardly be more timely. Hosted by Michigan Law’s new Environmental Law and Policy Program, the talk is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in room 132 of Hutchins Hall at the Law School. Admission is free.


Chester has been the DEQ director since January, 2003. In that role he’s in charge of programs regulating Michigan’s air and water quality, hazardous waste management, geological resources, and land management. Before he took on Michigan’s highest environmental post, Chester was a principal at the Detroit law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC. He is also a former Deputy Director of the Office of Criminal Enforcement at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Wayne County, Mich.


“One of the strengths of Michigan Law’s Environmental Law and Policy Program is the critical role of the Great Lakes State in so many sensitive environmental issues, including climate change, freshwater resources, invasive species, and alternative energy,” said Professor David M. Uhlmann, the ELPP Director.  “We’re delighted to host Steve Chester, whose depth and breadth of experience will help further understanding of Michigan’s challenges and strengths – and those facing our nation as well.”