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E-M:/ key committee vote this week on environmental bond

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

The State House Conservation Committee is holding two committee meetings
this week and will vote on two bills, H.B. 5620 and 5622, which are part of
the proposed $550 million November bond package.  Despite a few changes,
this is still not principally an environmental bond, but rather an economic
development bond.

Concerned citizens who want to vote on a genuine environmental bond should
contact members of the Committee before Wednesday morning and urge them to
support the following changes:

*	Requiring that a share of brownfield cleanup money is spent on sites that
pose public health and environmental risks, and not just on sites that have
redevelopment potential and minor risks.

*	Striking the $25 million alloted for DNR and DEQ staff costs and putting
the money into pollution prevention assistance programs so voters don't
have to bail out polluters with another cleanup bond in 10 years.

*	Putting $100 million or more into clean water projects for the correction
of combined sewage overflows -- helping stop the contamination of Lake St.

*	Putting $100 million or more into another part of the answer to urban
sprawl -- a matching grant program to communities which purchase
development rights on farmland and open space.

*	Requiring DEQ to start going after polluters instead of taxpayers for
cleanup dollars.  In the last two years, the DEQ has virtually stopped
enforcing Michigan's cleanup law but admits that it has documented over $10
million in collectible costs from polluters.

MEC has further information on request.  Lists of phone numbers and e-mail
addresses of committee members are posted on our web site at www.mienv.org.

Dave Dempsey
Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912

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