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E-M:/ house rubber stamps senate's not-so-clean michigan initiative

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

The State House today turned down a series of amendments to improve the
environmental bond spending bill and sent the legislation (H.B. 4065) to
the Governor for his signature.

Relying on cynical misinformation supplied by the state DEQ, the House
refused to spend additional money on beach closings, septic tank cleanup,
protection of children's health, mercury/dioxin pollution prevention, and
cleanup of the state's most dangerous toxic sites.

The House also turned down an amendment to force DEQ to spend no more than
$10 million of the $90 million clean water fund in the bond on monitoring.
DEQ has proposed hoarding $45 million of the fund for water monitoring to
make up for Engler Administration budget cuts in annual operating budgets
for monitoring.  Rep. Bill Byl said he will hold hearings on that issue
later this year.

Reps. Bill Callahan, Liz Brater, Paul Gieleghem, and Laura Baird were
leaders in the unsuccessful effort to improve the bond.

Dave Dempsey
Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
517-487-9541 (fax)

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