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E-M:/ Air Quality Counterpoint

Enviro-Mich message from Wmeactl@aol.com


West Michigan Environmental Action Council ( WMEAC ) will be hosting an 
informational forum on Air Quality issues on Friday, February 25, 2000 at 
10:30 a.m. at the Herrick Library in Holland, Mich.

The goal of this forum is to provide a contrasting view to the sessions held 
last January 7 in Holland and Muskegon, hosted by the Department of 
Environmental Quality, at which Director Russ Harding attacked and ridiculed 
the EPA's attempts to regulate and control Michigan's ozone problem.
EPA is sending a speaker to rebut the MDEQ's accusations of "irrationality" 
and defend the approach and scientific foundation of the EPA policy on ozone. 
 Other speakers additionally will address the impact of ozone on human 
health, the likely future of Michigan's air quality under current conditions, 
and the economic development trends in West Michigan that contribute to this 
and other environmental problems here.

Appearing at the February Forum will be:

         John M. Mooney, Environmental Protection Specialist, EPA Region 5.
          Isaac Elnacave, Air Quality Specialist, Michigan Environmental 
          Thomas Leonard, Executive Director, West Michigan Environmental 
Action Council
          Arlin Wasserman or alternate, Michigan Land Use Institute
         Other(s) to be announced.

       The highly slanted and politicized January DEQ session, to which the 
EPA was not even invited, deserves at least a formal  rebuttal.  Michigan's 
air quality "emphasis" and "progress" deserve a close look.  In the 
Holland-Muskegon-Grand Rapids region, where economic growth and development 
are being recklessly embraced, the concern is that air quality is just of one 
of the sacrifices we are making to "progress".   

The session  is expected to last about one hour.  There is no cost.  It will 
be held in the Herrick Library on River Street at Twelfth in Holland.  
Persons with an interest in better air quality and better air quality 
regulation are encouraged to attend.

>From I - 196 take the 16th street exit west into Holland and north on River 
Ave.  From US 31 turn west on Adams Street and proceed to River Ave,  turning 

For more information contact Tom Leonard or Rachel Broersma at West Michigan 
Environmental Action Council, 616-451-3051.

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