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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

From: Eric Wingerter <ericw@peer.org>
Subject: The Story of Water Resources At Work
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 14:09:25 -0400
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Dear Friend,

As you may know, The Ingham County Health Department began work two years
ago on a comprehensive study of its water resources.  After many months of
research, the Environmental Health Roundtable put together an extensive
130-page report, entitled The Story of Water Resources at Work,  detailing a
number of threats to surface and groundwater, the sources of the danger, and
possible solutions to combating the risks.

Sadly, the bulk of this report never saw the light of day.  In an effort
downplay the significance of the findings, county officials decided to
censor the majority of the report.   Instead, they pulled a fraction of the
information together into a glossy, upbeat, 25 page brochure referring to
"one of the most abundant and safest groundwater sources of drinking water
supplies in all Michigan."  In all, the suppressed environmental assessment
cost the county more than $200,000.

PEER has been working with a number of the current and former contributors
to the report, who have asked us to make the original report available to
the public so that Ingham County citizens may have access to health and
environmental risks in their community.

Today, I am pleased to announce that The Story of Water Resources at Work is
finally available to the public.  To see a PDF version of the report, click
on this link:

To see a press release and fact sheet outlining major points omitted from
the "official" county report, click on this link:

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Eric Wingerter
National Field Director
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
2001 S Street, Suite 570
Washington, DC 20009


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