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- From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 18:17:32 -0400 (EDT)
- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 17:49:49 +0600
From: email@example.com (by way of "Alison Horton,
Sierra Club-Michigan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
Subject: Senator Abraham votes for toxic waste rider
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The below is a press release from the Sierra Club's Washington D.C. office
regarding Senator Abraham's vote on one of the many anti-environmental
riders currently attached to federal appropriations bills.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
July 28, 1999 Allen Mattison,
SENATOR ABRAHAM GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO TOXIC WASTE PITS
Allows Mines to Dump Unlimited Waste Across Public Lands
WASHINGTON -- Last night Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) voted to help
mining companies dump unlimited mountains of toxic waste on America's
public lands. In a vote on funding for the Interior Department, Sen.
Abraham gave mining companies the go-ahead to dump toxic chemicals
such as cyanide across an unlimited number of acres, ruining clean
drinking water for communities and habitat for wildlife.
"America's families rely on our wildlands for clean drinking water and
treasure them as animal habitat -- unfortunately, Sen. Abraham
doesn't show the same respect for America's public lands," said
Kathryn Hohmann, Director of Sierra Club's Environmental Quality
Program. "Sen. Abraham is out of touch with Michiganians if he thinks
they want to see America's grizzly bear and salmon habitats destroyed
and our streams and land laced with toxic waste."
In his vote last night, Sen. Abraham voted to uphold an
anti-environmental "rider" slipped into the Interior Department
spending bill by Senator Larry Craig (R-ID). That rider would allow
mining operations to dump their toxic tailings and other waste across
unlimited areas of public lands, in violation of current law, which
limits the size of waste dumps to 5 acres apiece. The mining industry
produces more waste each year than all other industries and
municipalities combined. This isn't just rock piles, but mountains of
tailings that contain chemicals such as cyanide and heavy metals such
as arsenic. As water washes through these waste dumps, toxic
chemicals leach into the groundwater and streams.
Last night, Sen. Abraham voted to kill an amendment sponsored by Sen.
Patty Murray (D-WA). Her amendment would strike Sen. Craig's mining
rider and uphold the current 5-acre limit on the size of mining waste
dumps. The amendment was killed on a 55 to 41 vote.
"In the past 30 years, our nation has made strides to clean up our
air, water and land. It's deplorable that instead of building on our
environmental gains, Sen. Abraham has chosen to help the mining
industry destroy the landscape, poison our drinking water and dump
toxic waste in prime animal habitat," Hohmann said. "Michiganians want
fair, open government, not a Congress where special interests get
riders slipped into bills to allow them to pollute to their hearts'
delight. Michiganians believe in treating our land and water
responsibly -- they don't want mining companies to lace it with
cyanide and arsenic."
Riders -- important policy changes that are tacked onto must-pass
spending bills -- are a favorite way for Members of Congress to harm
the environment without being held accountable by casting an official
vote. Because they allow Members of Congress to avoid accountability
for their actions, riders don't just damage the environment, they
subvert the democratic process.
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