LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov to oppose a study backed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could lead to regulations on personal grills and barbecues.
The EPA has funded a University of California-Riverside student project to develop preventive technology to reduce emissions from residential barbecues.
“The EPA has a history of establishing burdensome and ridiculous regulations. This appears to be their latest attempt,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. “We do not need unnecessary regulations on backyard grilling. The agency has more important things to do.”
Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 states that cooking outdoors on a grill during the summer saves electricity and that funding the UC-Riverside study is a poor use of taxpayer dollars.
Pavlov said reasonable measures to protect the environment are welcomed.
“Concerns for air quality should always be measured against the larger context of the economy and real-world achievability, along with effects on the American people,” Pavlov said. “It’s time to rein in Washington’s bureaucratic overreach and institute some common sense in rulemaking and regulations.”
Copies of SCR 14 will be transmitted to the administrator of the EPA and to the members of the Michigan congressional delegation.