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E-M:/ review of deq pollution standards

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

Today marks the first meeting of a special panel of the Michigan
Environmental Science Board to review the adequacy of state pollution
standards to protect children.  Governor Engler requested MESB to establish
such a panel after pressure from MEC and other children's health advocates.

The Legislature ordered the review at MEC's request.  The 1999 DEQ
appropriations bill contains a provision which contains $100,000 "for
research on the adequacy of department standards to protect children's
health" and calls for a report to be submitted to the Legislature by
September 30, 1999.

This arises out of MEC's concern that Michigan's historic reluctance to
embrace fish consumption advisories protective of children is indicative of
a broader lack of sensitivity to the effect of air and water pollution on
this vulnerable group of Michiganians.  EPA, the State of California and
several other jurisdictions have aggressively pursued the issue of
children's environmental health protection.  

For more information on the MESB panel, see:


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

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