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Enviro-Mich message from David Wright <wrightd@mail.voyager.net>
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Could you please provide an estimate of the cost of removing excess mercury
from fish in Michigan and the other great lakes states and provinces?  Can
you remove the mercury from the fish while they continue to swim in the
lakes?  Or, is it better just to remove the fish from the lakes and feed
them to foreigners?  Can you provide an estimate of how long it would take
us to wipe out our fish population, or is that really practical?  Or are
you advocating a different approach?

<-grin->
 
Listened to any good tunes lately? 

Coo coo kachu!


At 10:42 AM 03/22/2000 -0500, you wrote:
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>Enviro-Mich message from "Bryan Harrison" <HARRISOB@exec.state.mi.us>
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>Could you please provide an estimate of the cost of replacing 80% of our
electricity generating sources?  Over what period of time is replacement
advocated vs. what is practical?
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>>>> James Clift <jamesmec@voyager.net> 03/22 8:48 AM >>>
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>Enviro-Mich message from James Clift <jamesmec@voyager.net>
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>For Immediate Release:
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> For More Information:
>Isaac Elnecave, MEC - 517-487-9539
>Megan Owen, PIRGIM - 734-662-6597
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>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.
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>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)
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>"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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