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Enviro-Mich message from Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net>
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The following press release describes the latest in a series of DEQ road
shows.  Citizens have reported them to be of little value in influencing
DEQ decisions, but they have resulted in some press coverage for the
viewpoint of DEQ officials or concerned citizens.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 1998

DEQ Contact: Ken Silfven (517) 241-7397

The next Department of Environmental Quality public management team meeting
is June 15 in Gaylord at Gaylord High School's Auditorium, 90 Livingston
Blvd.

Continuing their commitment to work with the public, DEQ Director Russell
Harding and his top staff are visiting communities statewide to share
information and solicit comments from residents. The new round of outreach
sessions breaks away from the standard meeting format used during the past
two years.

The Gaylord forum is divided into two parts. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the
department's top environmental decision-makers will be available for
informal one-on-one discussions with interested residents. This will take
place in the commons area outside the auditorium.

>From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the department will conduct a formal meeting at which
residents can offer questions or comments to the entire DEQ management
team.

"Successfully addressing today's environmental challenges demands an
active, informed citizenry," Harding said. "We've found that many of our
greatest achievements come about when the public and private sectors join
forces. Government does not have all of the answers.

"That's why it's important for the DEQ management team to gauge the
practical impacts of Michigan's environmental policies. And the best way is
for us to get out into the communities and let residents express their
views firsthand. I hope people find our revised format even more conducive
to sharing ideas and information."

Dates and locations of future meetings will be announced.

This is just one of many ways the DEQ is reaching out to the public and
regulated community. Harding pointed out that the department conducts
informational forums and public hearings on specific issues throughout
Michigan. It also publishes a calendar listing pending permit decisions and
DEQ staff contacts.

The DEQ's popular Internet home page can be accessed at
http://www.deq.state.mi.us. In addition, the DEQ maintains an ambitious
outreach program through its Environmental Assistance Division, which
can be reached at 1-800-662-9278.




Dave Dempsey
Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
davemec@voyager.net
www.mienv.org

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