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

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

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

WA State Budget funds Elimination of Persisitent, Bioaccumulative Toxics

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:


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!

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