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E-M:/ mucc, mec praise House action on bond

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 1998		CONTACT:  	MEC, Lana Pollack, 734-663-9151
							MUCC, Holly Madill, 517-371-1041


	The Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Michigan Environmental
Council today commended the State House of Representatives for passing a
strong environmental bond proposal Thursday that would protect clean water,
farmland, and public health.

	The two groups said that after House action, the proposed bond goes much
farther in addressing Michigan's most critical environmental needs than the
initial proposal made by Governor Engler or the version passed by the State
Senate.  They said that the bond must contain the key elements added by the
House to attract voter support in November.

	"This bond proposal protects the resource that defines Michigan - our
water," said Lana Pollack, MEC President.  "The people of Michigan value
our water for fishing, boating, swimming, and many other uses.  They want
our lakes, streams and drinking water resources protected and they will
enthusiastically support a bond proposal that does that."

	"This bond package is similar to MUCC's original proposals," said Holly
Madill, MUCC's Staff Ecologist.  "The money we supported for wastewater
treatment systems is there.  Some money for farmland protection is there.
The bond also contains money for lead abatement, pollution prevention and
protection of public health from contaminated sites.  These are all
important initiatives that we can support.  House members who worked to
improve this bond should be commended for their efforts to bring a
respectable bond package to the voters of Michigan."

	Pollack noted that a poll conducted in April of 1,000 registered Michigan
voters showed that a 75% majority would support a bond issue that addressed
the clean water and farmland issues.

	"The Administration is calling the House proposal a giveaway to special
interests.  Michigan voters concerned about clean water and farmland are no
special interest.  Cities and townships, struggling to end the dumping of
raw sewage, are no special interest. Vital agricultural lands are no
special interest.  The people of Michigan will support a true environmental
bond like this one, but not the industrial development bond originally
proposed by the Governor," Pollack said.

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

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