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E-M:/ comments due on proposed residential energy code

Enviro-Mich message from Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net>

Next Monday, April 6, is the deadline for the submission of comments to the
Department of Consumer and Industry Services on the proposed changes to
Michigan's residential energy code. Although little-noticed by the news
media, this is an important policy decision with big implications for our
environment and economy.  

To this point, the public comment period has been dominated by homebuilders
who support the weak proposed code even though it will cost homeowners big
bucks in higher utility bills and harm Michigan's environment through the
increased air pollution that will result from increased electrical demand.
The estimated pricetag to homeowners is $6 milion per year and the
estimated air pollution cost is 35,000 tons annually of sulfur dioxide,
carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxide.  As the Alliance to Save Energy has put
it, "If Michigan adopts this code without amendments, it would become the
first state ever to reject a modern energy code in favor of weaker standards."

MEC has submitted detailed comments and we encourage others to do the same.
 If you would like a copy of our comments e-mailed to you, please let us
know.  The address to submit comments to is:  Office of Legal Services,
Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services, P.O. Box 30018,
Lansing, MI  48909.
Dave Dempsey
Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912

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