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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           Contact:        James Clift (517) 487-9539
May 6, 2002                                            	          Mike
Garfield (734) 663-2400 ext 104

GM Agrees on Pollution Limits:  No Appeal Will be Pursued

Statement of the Michigan Environmental Council and the Ecology Center

We are pleased to announce that negotiations have resulted in an agreement
with GM which will protect public health and address the environmental
concerns of neighborhood residents, the Michigan Environmental Council, and
Ecology Center.  As a result of this agreement, none of the parties will
proceed with an appeal of the air permit for the Lansing Craft Centre. 

Today's agreement calls for the company to cut 130 tons of dangerous VOC
emissions from its nearby Lansing Car Assembly (Verlinden) assembly plant if
emissions from the Lansing Craft Centre exceed a predetermined threshold.
GM has also agreed to engage in aggressive pollution prevention efforts to
reduce emissions at the Craft Centre before it becomes fully operational.
Lastly, GM will test the pollution control effectiveness of its basecoat
paint water-wash process, so that better data will be available for future
permitting decisions. 

The Michigan Environmental Council and Ecology Center would like to thank
those workers, area residents and concerned citizens who supported our
efforts to work out a solution that both limits pollution in the adjacent
neighborhoods and allows GM to proceed with construction of the SSR.  We are
pleased that these difficult negotiations have resulted in a cleaner, more
robust operation for Lansing, and will provide a healthier neighborhood for
all residents and workers.     

Despite this agreement, we acknowledge that underlying issues pertaining to
the permit's compliance with the Clean Air Act are unresolved and may arise
when the MDEQ reissues the air permit for the Delta Township plant.  This
week we plan to call on officials at both the EPA and MDEQ to review the
process followed in issuing the Craft Centre permit, and take the necessary
steps to avoid a recurrence of the same problems.    

This agreement reinforces our belief that advances in technology allow us to
build automobiles without exposing workers or our communities to harmful
levels of pollution. The Michigan Environmental Council and Ecology Center
invite others to join in our work to protect the public health of our
communities. 

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Dusty Fancher
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Michigan Environmental Council
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