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E-M:/ MI Take note: WA State Budget funds Elimination of Persisitent, Bioaccumulative Toxics Program



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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
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Enviro-Michers:  There is an irony that although it was the Great Lakes
region where concerns about persistent, bioaccumulative toxics first came to
a crescendo, that a Pacific northwest state's legislature, even in a
budgetary crunch year, decided it was time to really work to address this
problem.  Details on their efforts at the below website.  AW

FORWARDED:
WA State Budget funds Elimination of Persisitent, Bioaccumulative Toxics
Program

On June 9th the WA State legislature passed its budget, which included
money for WA's Persistent Bioaccumlative Toxic (PBT) phase-out program.
This represents years of work by the Washington Toxics Coalition and its
organizational partners.  Read all about the Program at:

http://www.watoxics.org/tp.htm

Laurie Valeriano, Policy Director of the Toxics Coalition, writes:

"That means $800,000 is dedicated to this effort for the next two
years!!!!!!!!  Without this money, the PBT strategy would have
basically been dead!

This is an incredible victory! We faced a huge problem from a fiscal
perspective (all agencies were required to cut back this year and
there was not enough money for anything!) and  it was a really nasty
fight during the past few months, especially the last 2-3 weeks.  The
agriculture, pulp and paper and  chemical industrywere out in force,
lobbying until the last second!
<SNIP>.



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