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Enviro-Mich message from "TONY DEFALCO" <DEFALCO@nwf.org>
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Michigan's release of Toxics Release Inventory data will soon be followed nationally (look for MN and WI soon). This is the first time electric utilities have been required to release emissions figures for hazardous air pollutants. According to the data, Michigan's electric utilities surpass even the chemical and paper industries as the state*s largest releaser of toxic chemicals into Michigan's environment.

Currently, all hazardous air pollutants emitted by electric utilities are unregulated. In December, the EPA will be making a decision as to whether or not to regulate the industry for emissions of pollutants such as mercury, arsenic, lead and toxic acid gases and other heavy metals.

Without strict controls on power plants, fish consumption advisories will persist, children will continue to be exposed to mercury, and we have little chance of restoring a vital part of our food supply and of protecting the health of future generations. Individual citizens have an important voice in what state and federal governments should do to protect the environment. You can make a big difference by sending letters to newspapers and communicating with public officials to convey this message: EPA must make the right decision this December to regulate mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The EPA has also requested any additional information the public wants to provide in making this important decision. Send comments by March 31 to: Public Docket No. A-92-55, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center (6102), 401 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20460.


Tony DeFalco, Lake Superior Project Organizer
National Wildlife Federation
506 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 769-3351
(734) 769-1449 (fax)
E-mail: defalco@nwf.org

>>> James Clift <jamesmec@voyager.net> 03/22/00 08:48AM >>>
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Enviro-Mich message from James Clift <jamesmec@voyager.net>
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For Immediate Release:

 For More Information:
Isaac Elnecave, MEC - 517-487-9539
Megan Owen, PIRGIM - 734-662-6597

New Data Shows that Utilities Are Largest Emitters of Toxics in Michigan

Data released by the State of Michigan revealed that utilities surpass
even the chemical and paper industries as the state*s largest releaser
of toxic chemicals into Michigan*s environment. Electric power companies
release millions of pounds of mercury, arsenic, lead and toxic acid
gases and other heavy metals every year. This is the first year that
power companies have been required to disclose to both the state and
federal government for inclusion in Toxic Release Inventory (TRI)
database.

Some of these toxic substances can cause cancer, impair reproduction,
and damage the nervous and immune systems of humans and wildlife.
Others can worsen respiratory conditions such as asthma and emphysema.

Several of the top 10 largest sources in Michigan are power plants.  The
worst power plant polluters in Michigan are as follows:
- Monroe Power Plant (Detroit Edison)
- JH Campbell Plant (Consumers Energy)
- Dan E Karn/ JC Weadock Plant (Consumers Energy)

*Although EPA has the authority to regulate toxic air and land releases
from power plants, they have failed to do so,* said Isaac Elnecave,
Policy Specialist for the Michigan Environmental Council. *The utility
industry has received a free ride for too long.*

Michigan utilities rely on the old dirty coal-fired plants to produce
over 80% of our power. In December 2000, the agency must determine
whether to control air toxic emissions from utilities.  By taking
positive action to regulate these toxic substances, EPA will encourage
the use of cleaner forms of energy such as combined cycle natural gas
plants that emit virtually no toxic substances.

*It is outrageous that these power plants have been allowed to threaten
our health for so many years,* said Megan Owen, Field Organizer for the
Public Interest Research Group of Michigan. *EPA can significantly
reduce the human health and environmental impact of utilities* toxic
chemical releases by regulating their release.  Manufacturing firms have
been regulated and as a result have reduced their level of toxic
discharge. There is no reason for power plants to remain exempt, it*s
time to end the special treatment given to the utility industry,*
concluded Ms. Owen.




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