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E-M:/ Arsenic and Whitman

Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>

Since Michigan's Oakland County and Macomb County are among the hot spots
for arsenic in drinking water, it seems appropriate to track the national
debate, including the truth squadding going on in Christie Whitman's home
state about the arsenic issue.  An editorial in the Newark Star-Ledger
last Friday revealed the fascinating fact that in New Jersey the arsenic
levels are regulated by the state to 1/10th the level of arsenic
contamination levels being allowed nationwide as a result of Whitman's
decision to stop a pending rule.  Yes, that is right -- as the editorial

"We know that she knows better, because as Gov. Whitman she did better. Last
June her state Department of Environmental Protection told New Jersey
homeowners to test their wells for arsenic and take remedial action if the
level is higher than 5 parts per billion."

A quick review of the editorials from this newspaper shows a fairly heavy
hand on their former Governor's performance at the helm of EPA.


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