The Michigan Environmental Protection Act of 1970 (MEPA)I creates a broad private cause of action by which citizens and other entitiescan prevent environmental degradation. As with all statutes, the scope of MEPA's coverage is a critical issue in determining its effectiveness. The central argument of this article is that MEPA, in contrast to other environmental legislation, is intended to govern an extraordinarily wide variety of cases unfettered by a substantial threshold of harm requirement.
Robert H. Abrams, Thresholds of Harm In Environmental Litigation: The Michigan Environmental Protection Act as Model of a Minimal Requirement, 7 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 107 (1983)