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Enviro-Mich message from Mary Beth Doyle <marybeth@ecocenter.org>
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Lansing says their hands are tied, but there are a number of steps they
could be taking to make Michigan less attractive to trash imports.

If you want Governor Engler and DEQ Director Russ Harding to do more to
stop out-of-state waste imports, sign the petition at the Ecology Center's
website at: http://www.ecocenter.org/signup.html

Don't let Michigan become a dumping ground!

The petition demands that Engler and the DEQ:

* Immediately send a letter to Toronto officials urging them to rethink the
export of trash to Michigan, and insisting that Toronto immediately
implement maximum waste reduction and recycling programs.

* Institute immediate and frequent inspections of trash entering Michigan
from Canada and other states to assure that hazardous waste is not
concealed or embedded in the imports.

* Immediately deny a proposal to dramatically increase imports of hazardous
waste to Michigan for disposal in an underground injection well in Romulus.
A state panel recommended last spring that the DEQ deny the permit for the
well, but DEQ Director Harding has not acted.

* Make passage of state legislation barring shipments of waste from states
with less stringent disposal standards a priority in the Legislature's
lame-duck session which begins November 9.

* Take a leadership role in making top priority the passage of federal
legislation giving states the right to restrict waste imports in the
2001-2002 session of Congress.

* Revive Michigan's faltering solid waste reduction and recycling program,
largely abandoned by DEQ since 1996, when $27 million in recycling funds
were diverted to other purposes.

* Respect the authority of county governments to limit imports.



Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

734-663-2400 ext 108
734-663-2414 (fax)




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