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Jan. 4

EPA Proposal Could Kill Ill-conceived Grand Haven-Holland Bypass of U.S. 31

State Meetings Friday in Holland and Muskegon


Folks:

The state will hold meetings Friday, January 7, in Holland and in Muskegon to discuss a proposal by the U.S. EPA to reinstate the 1-hour ozone ambient air standard for several Michigan counties, including Allegan and Muskegon.

Among its many possible impacts, the EPA clean-air proposal could kill the Michigan Department of Transportation's proposed Grand Haven-Holland Bypass of U.S. 31, which would begin and end in Allegan and Muskegon counties.

The state proposes to build a $315 million, 27-mile highway bypass of U.S. 31 between Grand Haven and Holland that is certain to promote more traffic congestion, speed up sprawl and loss of some of the state's most productive farmland, and reverse recent improvements in West Michiganís air quality. Because the bypass will not solve congestion, the state also is considering a $270 million plan to widen the existing U.S. 31 through Grand Haven to six lanes.

Bypass Web Sites:
Relevant web sites related to the Grand-Haven Holland Bypass and West Michigan Air Quality:

Citizen Coalition
A coalition of local governments, the Michigan Farm Bureau, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, the Michigan Land Use Institute and others opposed the the Grand-Haven Holland Bypass. http://www.nobypass.org/

Michigan Land Use Institute
The Michigan Land Use Institute's web site, with a report and press release regarding the Grand Haven-Holland Bypass.
http://www.mlui.org/html/keyissues/transportation.html

MDEQ
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Ozone Action Homepage. http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aqd/eval/amu/o3action.html

West Michigan Clean Air Coalition Ozone Action!
A link from the MDEQ site.

http://www.wmcac.org/


Thanks,
Kelly Thayer
Michigan Land Use Institute


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MDOT Press Release
For Immediate Release: January 4, 2000

Contact: Ari Adler MDOT Communications. 616-451-4595 X324
E-Mail: adlera@mdot.state.mi.us
Gary G. Naeyaert MDOT Communications 517-335-3084
E-Mail: naeyaertg@mdot.state.mi.us


Public Meetings to Focus on EPA Proposal


WHO: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Representatives of the West Michigan congressional delegation, local elected officials, local businesses and community leaders also are expected to attend.

WHAT: Two informational meetings regarding possible local economic and transportation impacts due to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal.

WHEN: Friday, January 7, 2000, at 10:00 a.m. in Holland
Friday, January 7, 2000, at 2:00 p.m. in Muskegon

WHERE: Holland: Maas Center Conference Room, Hope College, 264 Columbia (corner of Columbia and 11th Street)
Muskegon: Baker College Auditorium, 1903 Marquette Avenue

WHY: A proposal by the U.S. EPA to reinstate the 1-hour ozone ambient air standard poses significant potential ramifications for several Michigan counties, including Allegan and Muskegon. Probable impacts for areas considered out of attainment with the standard by the EPA include limiting the ability of job providers to expand or locate in the affected areas, and serious delays in or cancellations of all federally-funded transportation projects.




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Mr. Kelly Thayer
Transportation Project Coordinator
Michigan Land Use Institute
P.O. Box 228
845 Michigan Ave.
Benzonia, MI 49616
Ph: 231-882-4723
Fax: 231-882-7350
E-mail: kelly@mlui.org





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