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Re: E-M:/ Light pollution

Enviro-Mich message from Poulsondav@aol.com

In a message dated 98-01-24 20:17:51 EST, dwelker@up.net writes:

<< A few years ago our area became the site of a new maximum security prison. 
 So far, the prison has brought some money into the local community and
 there have been no escapes.  My only gripe is that the sky is now lit by an
 eerie orange glow that can sometimes be seen 15 to 20 miles away.  Prior to
 this there was little to mar the view of the dark sky other than lights
 from a casino.  The prison lights seem to have more than doubled the amount
 of light shining onto the bases of clouds.

  Rep. Tim Wahlberg, R-Tipton, introduced legislation a few years ago to limit
light pollution. An astronomy club in his district complained about new
lighting from either a prison or a state park that damaged one of  its best
observation sites. Wahlberg also advanced an economic argument _ it's more
efficient use of kilowatts to point the light downward. It's been an issue in
other states and there have been movements to create "dark sky preserves."
   There is a national Dark Sky Association but I no longer have the contact.

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