LANSING, Mich.—A two-bill package that creates the “MISS DIG Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act” has passed the Senate and now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature, said sponsor Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek.
The measures update a 40-year-old state law designed to prevent damage to Michigan’s valuable underground infrastructure.
“This legislation is about preventing damage to facilities and potential injury or loss of life to individuals. Given the increasing number of facilities being placed underground all over this state and their importance in our daily lives, each of us has a vested interest in making sure they’re protected from damage.”
The legislation received unanimous, bipartisan support in the House and Senate and garnered widespread support from industry groups, trade associations, utilities and safety professionals.