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E-M:/ MI Clean Water Corps Concerns
- Subject: E-M:/ MI Clean Water Corps Concerns
- From: Kym Spring <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 18:36:52 -0400
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- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: Kym Spring <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund staff just learned about this new
MI Clean Water Corps initiative today. While we wish we had known
about this in advance, we think that projects getting more citizens
involved in environmental activities is fantastic.
We also have to express our concern that this MI Clean Water Corps could
be used to argue against adequate funding for a state run
Michigan has continually under-funded compliance and ambient water
quality monitoring activities, just as currently, the state legislature
is attempting to under-fund the DEQ's water pollution permit
With bare-bones funding, as is currently proposed, the DEQ can do little
more than process the permits and permit information that gives
permission slips for facilities to continue legally dumping one million
pounds of toxics like arsenic, cyanide, DDT, lead and mercury into MI's
waterways each year. Enough is enough.
We need adequate, earmarked funding for pollution prevention, and serious
monitoring and enforcement.
Taxpayers should not be required to subsidize this permitting process.
The 106 major industrial polluters should pay more than is included in
the proposed legislation. Incrementally increasing the fees for
these polluters over the next three years would provide funds to help
responsible facilities reduce (and eventually, eliminate) their
The latest draft of this legislation, SB 252 H3, slashed the reporting
requirement for the Critical Materials Registry. This registry
tracks the 64 most hazardous chemicals used and dumped in our
waterways. THIS REQUIREMENT NEEDS TO BE REINSTATED.
We hope everyone contacts their elected officials before it is too late
to fix this bill. They'll be voting on it any day now.