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E-M:/ engler makes environmental bond recommendations



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Enviro-Mich message from Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net>
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Less than 3 weeks before the Legislature will adjourn for the summer, the
Engler Administration today proposed almost $224 million in spending from
last November's environmental bond.  That's about a third of the $675
million bond total.

Among the proposal's controversial features are $750,000 to pay people to
turn in their old lawn mowers and outboard motors, an absence of funding
earmarked to clean up Lake St. Clair pollution, the use of clean water fund
money for monitoring projects, and the use of all $5 million in lead
poisoning money for treating homes, rather than detecting poisoned kids and
assuring proper care.

The Legislature will take up the recommendations in a supplemental
appropriations bill for the current fiscal year and amendments to the 2000
budgets of the DEQ and Department of Community Health.  MEC will seek
numerous amendments to the recommendations.

The Engler recommendations include:

$22 million for local recreation projects;
$21 million for state park projects;
$5 million for lead abatement;
$17.2 million in clean water funding;
$1.2 million for closing improperly abandoned wells;
$50 million for waterfront redevelopment;
$72.45 million for brownfield redevelopment.
$16.75 million for pollution prevention projects;
$12 million for nonpoint source projects;
$4.3 million for contaminated sediment cleanup.

Dave Dempsey
Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
davemec@voyager.net
517-487-9539 
517-487-9541 (fax)
http://www.mienv.org

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