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Enviro-Mich message from Cyndi Roper <croper@cleanwater.org>

Contact: Cyndi Roper, Clean Water Action (517) 337-4447 or (517) 351-7286
Ed McArdle, Sierra Club (313) 388-6645
Cheryl Graunstadt, C.H.E.C.K, (734) 427-9065

Stop the Huge Tax Giveaway for 
Trash Burning Incinerator

Although there are clean-ups and Earth Day events galore at this time of
year, the real ACTION this Earth Day will be taking place at the Michigan
Strategic Fund's Board meeting. 
WHEN:	Wednesday, April 22, 1998 (Earth Day) at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE:	Marion Oaks Golf Club and Banquet Facility, 2255 Pinckney Road,
Howell, MI (517) 548-0050  (Exit 137 off of I-96, one mile south)

The Michigan Strategic Fund Board is poised to approve up to $80 million in
tax exempt bonds but what the MSF Board might not know about is the
tremendous controversy surrounding the Central Wayne County incinerator
expansion project for which the developers are seeking this huge tax
giveaway. The benefits from this deal, which will allow the project's
investors to avoid paying taxes on tens of millions of dollars, are so
significant that the developers are unlikely to pursue the project without
this tax giveaway. 

Federal and state laws require that these tax exempt privileges must go
toward projects serving the "public good." However:
   Is the "public good" being served if the 52 proposed jobs created by the
project are offset by about $1.5 million each in tax exempt bonds?
   Is the "public good" being served if resolutions opposing the project
have been passed by city councils in seven nearby communities, whose
populations outnumber those of the five communities backing this project?
   Is the "public good" being served if city councilors representing the
project communities do not do what is in their communities' best interest in
fear of penalties if they walk away from this boondoggle? (These penalties
could be avoided if the MSF does not approve the bonds.)

Therein lies an opening for taxpayers who must tell the Michigan Strategic
Fund's Board not to approve this project. If the Michigan Strategic Fund is,
in fact, attempting to be strategic, it seems that supporting a trash
burning facility that endangers the public's health and harms the
environment is not a sound path to follow. Why doesn't the Fund invest in a
state-of-the-art recycling facility that will direct our wastestream
resources toward meaningful end uses rather than burning them and sending
them into the air we breath and into the ground and surface waters upon
which we depend.

C.H.E.C.K.of Westland, Michigan Clean Water Action, Michigan Clean Water Fund, 
Detroit Archdiocese Department of Christian Service, Downriver Citizens for
a Safe Environment, Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Friends of the Detroit
River, New Era Men's Association of Inkster, St. Elizabeth's Stewards of
God's Creation, and Sierra Club

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