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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE			CONTACT: Rep. John Freeman
June 30, 1997					(517) 373-3818
									
jfreema@house.state.mi.us
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POLLUTION PREVENTION LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

	Representative John F. Freeman (D-Madison Heights) has introduced 
Pollution Prevention legislation.

	House Bills 4987 & 4988 are designed to encourage businesses to 
decrease or eliminate pollution before it is emitted rather than relying 
upon treatment and disposal of wastes that are already generated.  

	Pollution Prevention activities would include reducing the use 
and production of hazardous substances, toxic pollutants and hazardous 
waste in manufacturing processes. 
	
	House Bill 4988 would create an assistance service that will 
support and educate businesses wishing to adopt pollution prevention 
practices.  

	"It is important that Michigan move away from the ‘command - and 
- control' philosophy traditionally used to regulate businesses and their 
effects on the environment and instead work with businesses to create 
practices that will prevent pollution in the manufacturing process," 
Freeman said. 

	"I believe this legislation is an important step in helping to 
provide small businesses with the support and assistance that they need 
to adopt practices that do not cause harm to our environment," Freeman 
continued.

	A Small Business Pollution Prevention Inventory Grants program 
would also be created.  This program will help businesses to adopt 
Pollution Prevention practices by making funding more readily available.

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