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E-M:/ Thompson-McCully now needs to clean up plants

Enviro-Mich message from Jeff Gearhart <jeffg@ecocenter.org>

The Michigan #1 asphalt producer Thompson-McCully was recently sold for $422 million to Oldcastle based in Ireland. (see http://www.freep.com/busuness/qboss20.htm ) After the sale Bob Thompson, the former owner, gave away $128 million to his workers in annuities and cash.  I applaud his generousity to his workers.  

However, the company needs to "do the right thing" by the communities which have suffered for years due the emissions from their Michigan plants.  Because of TMC's (actually the entire asphalt industry's) unwillingness to deal with the environmental impacts of their business, citizens, neighborhood organizations and local governments across the state (Grand Rapids, Jackson, Battle Creek, Whitmore Lake and others) have been forced to spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on efforts, including lawsuits, petition drives and countless meetings with the company and state regulators, in failed efforts to get Thomopson McCully to clean up its plants. All of this at a time of near record road building and profits for the industry.

Where is the windfall for these communities?  5% of the $422 million could easily install technology on all of TMC's plants which would greatly reduce emissions from these plants....  
Jeff Gearhart   
Ecology Center of Ann Arbor
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
(734)663-2414 fx.

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