Officials of the state have rejected proposed changes to air-pollution rules that could have limited the number of toxic chemicals that are regulated by the state.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced on Monday, according to the Lansing State Journal, that they will protect public health and they are alert of people concerns, which was discussed at length at several meetings before today's rejected proposal.

The state has proposed changes that would give DEQ restriction on 600 chemicals, as well as changes to air pollution rules for toxic screening.