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Subject: Action Alert! Rep. Alley is holding hearing on ...
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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 13:58:20 -0500 (EST)
From: "Sally A Billups" <billupss@pilot.msu.edu>
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ACTION ALERT!! ACTION ALERT!!
By the Michigan Environmental Council

MICHIGAN LEGISLATIVE MEETING ON U.S. EPA PROPOSAL TO ADDRESS REGIONAL TRANSPORT
OF OZONE SMOG

In October 1997, the EPA released a proposal to require 22 states,
including Michigan, and the District of Columbia to submit plans that address
the transport of ground-level ozone across state boundaries.  In its proposed
action, the EPA specified that Michigan reduce nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx),
a precursor of ozone smog, by 32% to address its contribution to poor air
quality in downwind areas.

States will have the flexibility to meet the EPA requirements by reducing
emissions from the sources they choose.  However, coal-burning power plants are
targeted because they can be cleaned up to provide the broadest public health
benefits at the least cost.

State Representative Tom Alley, Chair of the House Conservation, Environmenta
and Recreation committee, is convening a hearing on EPA's proposed action.  IT
IS ANTICIPATED THAT A LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION OPPOSING EPA'S ACTION WILL BE
PRESENTED.  THE HEARING WILL BE HELD ON FEB. 12 AT 12:30 P.M. IN ROOMS 425-426
AT THE STATE CAPITOL.

The Michigan State Senate and House of Representatives have a poor track
record on air quality (both passed resolutions opposing EPA's rules on soot
and smog). The Feb. 12 hearing is an opportunity to reverse this dangerous trend
by letting our elected leaders know their constituents care about clean air
and healthy communities.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

1. Let EPA Administrator Carol Browner know by MARCH 9, 1998 that
you support her agency's proposal to address unhealthy ozone smog that travels
across state boundaries.

    Administrator Carol Browner
    U.S. EPA HEadquarters
    401 M Street, SW (1101)
    Washington, D.C. 20460          * reference docket A-96-56

2. Please attend Rep. Alley's hearing on Feb 12 and speak out on behalf of
the Michigan citizens that will benefit from EPA's proposal. If you can't
attend the hearing, you can still show your support by writing, calling, faxing,
or sending an email message to Rep. Alley and YOUR state representative.

    The Honorable TOm Alley
    Michigan State Representative
    State Capitol / P.O. Box 30014
    Lansing, MI 48909
    (517)373-3817 / -5495 (fax)
    talley@house.state.mi.us

In your correspondence, you may want to point out that:

* The EPA's proposal will not only improve the respiratory health of Michigan
citizens ( especially children, outdoor exercisers, those with respiratory
diseases), but it will also improve air quality in downwind communities that
are impacted by Michigan's air emissions.

* Cleaning up power plants is clearly the most cost-effective way to meet the
32% emission reduction target and will will have broad public health and
environmental benefits in Michigan.

* The EPA proposal is based on the most comprehensive analysis of
ozone transport ever conducted, not political finger pointing by
Northeast states.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

* Ozone is a powerful respiratory irritant that can cause serious respiratory
illness, damage lung tissue, and increase the severity and incidence of
respiratory infections. Ozone can also damage building materials, rubber, and
outdoor structures.
 * Groups of people at special risk for the adverse health effects of ozone
include children, individuals who exercise outdoors in the summer, and
individuals with respiratory diseases such as lung disease, asthma and
bronchitis.
* Ozone is formed when emissions of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic
compounds react in the presence of sunlight.  These compounds, as well as ozone
itself, can travel hundreds of miles to affect public health in areas far away
from the pollution source.  Therefore, communities with "clean" air may be
contributing to a downwind area's ozone problem because of transport.
* Michigan is both a victim and a perpetrator of ozone transport. Communities
in the western part of the state (Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo) are
impacted by ozone transport from areas like Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis.
Michigan is also a source of ozone and its precursors, which impact downwind
communities.
* The U.S. EPA's proposed action is based on the recommendations of the Ozone
Transport Assessment Group (OTAG)-- a 37 state initiative formed to identify
solutions to smog transported across the Eastern U.S.  While Illinois,
Wisconsin and Indiana showed leadership in crafting the OTAG recommendations,
Michigan was one of only five states in OTAG not to endorse them.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Sally Billups, Policy Specialist, Michigan Environmental Council, at
(517) 487-9539 or billupss@pilot.msu.edu













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