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Sent: Friday, October 25, 2002 7:12
Subject: E-M:/ DEQ Reorganization
In addition to the comments by Fred Cowles
and Chuck Cubbage I would like to add the views of Howard Tanner, Director of
the DNR '75-83. Dr. Tanner was one of the speakers at the Fresh
Water Forever Forum at St. James Catholic Church in Grand Rapids Thursday
He believes that Granholm should recombine the
DNR and the DEQ, though "perhaps not as it was". Citing his reasons he
said that our sewers dump into our rivers and discharge in the Great
Lakes. Oversimplifying, sanitary engineers want to know how much
effluent can dumped in a stream before the smell becomes objectionable.
A fisheries biologist wants to keep the water clean enough to support fish and
other life. These two need to be under one director so they can sit down
together and work out their differences satisfactorily for both.
In response to a question, he added that thermal
loading of water (thermal "waste", i.e. nuclear plants, etc.,) is another good
reason to combine the DNR/DEQ.
These look like good reasons from where I
sit, and I would add that its less expensive to run one coordinated
organization, than to run two that don't communicate well.