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Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davemec@voyager.net>
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Michigan Falls Short in Protecting Children From Pollution

Study Recommends Michigan Revamp Laws, Rules To Curtail Pollution-Related
Health Risks for Kids

Michigan pollution policies fail to adequately protect children from
environmental hazards, the Ecology Center and Michigan Environmental Council
said in a report released today. The report details the ways in which
children are particularly vulnerable to environmental toxins, and provides
evidence suggesting that the health of Michigan's children may already be
adversely affected. The groups call on the state to enact policies to
protect children from a variety of pollution-related health risks ranging
from asthma to developmental delays.

In "Guarding Michigan's Most Vulnerable: Making Michigan a Leader in
Protecting Children from Environmental Pollution", the two groups say the
state has fallen behind in moving to protect children from health risks
caused by pollution. "The next Governor and Legislature should make
protection of children one of the cornerstones of state environmental
policy," said Lana Pollack, MEC President.

The report was prepared with the assistance of Dr. William Weil, an East
Lansing pediatrician who serves as a member of the Ecology Center/MEC
science advisory committee. Dr. Weil, who served on a National Academy of
Sciences panel on pesticides in the diets of infants and children, said the
report exposes an important gap in Michigan's environmental health policies.

A copy of the report can be downloaded at:

http://www.mecprotects.org/childrenshealth.pdf




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