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Re: E-M:/ April 1 MDEQ Public Hearing on Wetland Rules Package

Enviro-Mich message from Murphwild1@aol.com

Scott, et. all,

Besides calling for Hardings resignation--

I would suggest lobbying of state Representatives or Senators to offer (co-
sponsor/author) up an amendment to Goemere Anderson to include "use" of
wetlands as storm water retention ponds, septic overflow, or construction
related discharge, as activities which require a wetlands permit and wetlands
public hearing. This would be a worthy and realistic  campaign in my view. 

Also, a permit-by-rule for construction activities is the primary mechanism in
Michigan for regulating storm water discharges from construction activities
distrubing five or more acres, as required by Federal regulations at 40 CFR
122.26 and by the Clean Water Act--National Pollutant Discharge Elimination
System (NPDES). This has EPA oversight. If your local township or village
wetlands are being trashed by some destroyer (developer), this is something
that you need to make sure they are in compliance with. These are routinely
overlooked by over burdened township planning commissions and other local

Finally, isnt it illegal for the DEQ to refuse a public hearing request by
citizens under CURRENT law when a wetlands permit for dredging, draining, or
filling of a state or federally regulated wetlands is applied for? If it is
illegal, which i believe it is, then this is something that should be tracked
and documented in a database for proof of what PEER has been saying all along.

An easy way to do this would be to FOIA the DEQ for all permits issued under
the Harding regime, then FOIA them to find out how many public hearings were
held correspondingly. 

It is likely the number of permits issued will be far far greater than public
hearings held.

murray dailey 


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