Environmental Affairs was established as a sixth staff department of the City and unanimously approved by the Detroit City Council in 1996. EA was formally established in Article 6, Chapter 6, Sections 6-601 through 6-605 in the Charter Revisions of 1996. The purpose of the Agency is to conserve and protect the natural resources of Detroit, to promote improved social and economic conditions in the city, and to protect limited environmental resources.
As a result of a merger in July 2010, Buildings, Safety & Engineering, and the Department of Environmental Affairs became the newly created Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department (BSEED).
Environmental Affairs of BSEED responds to issues involving hazardous waste, underground storage tanks and emergency response activities. EA also encourages and promotes sustainable economic development within Detroit and works with citizens, other agencies and developers to address environmental issues pertaining to sustainable development.
Environmental Affairs provides information about environmental issues that affect Detroit residents and their communities and to comply with local, state and federal regulations. Once an environmental issue has been detected, a citizen may contact Environmental Affairs for assistance in remedying the situation. Environmental Affairs will handle the concerns itself or refer the issue to the appropriate agency for resolution.
Finally, Environmental Affairs is the liaison between the City and other federal and state environmental agencies, such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), United States Coast Guard (USCG), and Army Core of Engineers (ACE) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Raymond Scott, General Manager
The mission of Environmental Affairs is to manage and coordinate the environmental affairs of the city of Detroit through the development and implementation of a coordinated and comprehensive environmental policy. This environmental policy shall provide for the protection of and enhancement of the quality of life for the citizens of Detroit; provide the skills and resources needed to maintain the City in compliance with applicable laws and regulations; and provide for the most effective and sustainable use of natural resources (land, water and air) available to the City.
The role of Environmental Affairs is to conserve and protect natural resources of the city of Detroit in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of the people, to promote improved social and economic conditions in the city and protect limited environmental resources for the future benefit of city residents.
Environmental Affairs is a resource for citizens to gain information about environmental issues affecting them and their communities. Community groups, teachers, and other interested citizens can be assisted in receiving educational materials regarding environmental issues. Environmental Affairs also provides information, leading to the compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
Once an environmental issue has been detected, a citizen may contact (313) 471-5108, for assistance in remedying the situation. Environmental Affairs will handle the concerns itself or refer the issue to the appropriate agency for resolution. Issues, which should be referred to the Environmental Affairs Division, include:
underground storage tanks
emergency response activities
Environmental Affairs also has a responsibility to encourage and promote sustainable economic development within the city of Detroit consistent with protection of the environment. The Agency is working with citizens, other agencies and developers to address environmental issues pertaining to sustainable development. Environmental Affairs coordinates the right of entry process for persons desiring to enter and conduct work on City owned property or City right of ways.
Environmental Affairs coordinates the right of entry process for persons desiring to enter and conduct work on City owned property or City right of ways.