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Enviro-Mich message from Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:		CONTACT: Sally Billups or Dave Dempsey 
June 26, 1998 								          (517) 487-9539
							
GOVERNOR ENGLER JOINS DIRTY COAL STATES TO ENDORSE A 
WEAKENING OF FEDERAL OZONE SMOG-CUTTING PLAN  

Governor Engler joined five Midwest and southern coal states yesterday to
endorse a weakening of the U.S. EPA's ozone smog reduction strategy.
Michigan, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia submitted a
joint plan asking the federal government to ease requirements for cutting
smog-producing nitrogen oxide emissions over the next six years.  

Based on a proposal reportedly drafted by electric utilities and coal
interests, the governors' plan pledged to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions
by 55 percent of 1990 levels by 2002 and 65 percent by 2004.  These levels
are significantly less than the U.S. EPA's proposed rule, which requires 22
states to reduce such emissions by 85 percent and presumes modernization of
pollution controls for older coal-burning power plants.  
 
According to recent press accounts, Dale Heydlauff, vice president of
American Electric Power, authored an email message that was sent to other
utility lobbyists encouraging them to "audibly grumble about the stringency
of the [governors'] proposal, while acknowledging that they can probably
live with it."  The message acknowledges that the lobbyists favor the
governors' plan, and press accounts indicate the lobbyists helped write it.

"Michigan's long-term interests stand with clean air and healthy citizens -
not with dirty coal," said Dave Dempsey, policy director of the Michigan
Environmental Council.  "It's regrettable Michigan is siding with
high-polluting energy sources, instead of improving its economic
competitiveness and environmental quality through the answers of the future
- energy efficiency and renewable resources."  

Ozone smog is a powerful respiratory irritant that particularly affects
senior citizens, asthmatics and children.  

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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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