State environmental officials are allowing six counties hit hardest by the pre-Christmas holiday ice storm to send debris from fallen and cut branches to landfills.
The Department of Environmental Quality issued an emergency order Monday for Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham and Shiawassee counties. The order may be extended to other counties.
Up to 10,000 tons of tree trimmings and other yard clippings cleared from each county may be disposed in licensed Type II landfills through March 31, 2014.
State rules normally prohibit sending tree trimmings or other yard clippings to landfills.
Scores of tree branches broke and fell from the weight of ice during the storm. About 666,000 homes and businesses in Michigan lost power during and after the storm.