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

Enviro-Mich -- Here is the House Resolution honoring Russ Harding -- AW

The Speaker, on behalf of the entire membership of the House of
Representatives, offered the following concurrent
House Concurrent Resolution No. 75.
A concurrent resolution honoring Russell J. Harding, Director of the
Michigan Department of Environmental
Whereas, It is with deep appreciation that we commend Russell J. Harding for
his extraordinary public service to the
state of Michigan and its environment. Russell was born on April 21, 1948 in
Grand Rapids, Michigan, and earned his
bachelor™s degree in Geology from Northern Arizona University in 1970; and
Whereas, Russell admirably served the states of Arizona, Alaska, and
Missouri in the areas of natural resources and
environmental quality. In 1991, Russell was appointed to Chief of the State
Parks Division in the Michigan Department
of Natural Resources and was named Deputy Director of Environmental
Protection in 1992; and
Whereas, In 1995, Russell was named the director of Michigan™s newly created
Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality. He worked with the urban core mayors to revise the
state cleanup program™s liability standards
to a causation standard, making it truly a irpolluters™ payll program.
Additionally, Russell led efforts to revise cleanup
standards to tailor the level of cleanup to comport with the future use of
the site. These efforts led to Michigan™s
Brownfield Redevelopment Program, which has been ranked first in the nation;
Whereas, Russell has earned a reputation as an effective and efficient
administrator who has taken action to
eliminate permit backlogs and streamline procedures and processes. He has
also focused strongly on making customer
service a way of doing business in the Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality; and
Whereas, Russell has been a proponent at the state and federal level of
regulatory innovations, such as the
Environmental Audit Privilege and Immunity Law. He also established the
Environmental Assistance Division, which
has administered an aggressive, nationally recognized pollution prevention
program. In addition, the implementation
of Michigan™s Clean Corporate Citizen Program has been an encouragement to
businesses and municipalities to be
good environmental stewards; and
Whereas, Russell has worked with the EPA and industry to bring the state
into full federal compliance for air quality
standards of all criteria pollutants for the first time in Michigan™s
history; and
Whereas, Russell has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for states™
rights and was among the group of state
environmental directors who helped establish the Environmental Council of
States (ECOS). He has been an invaluable
asset to Michigan™s environment and economy and has done so with integrity;
andWhereas, Russell is an active member in his church and is a very devoted
and loving husband to his wife, Pamela,
and a wonderful father to his two children, Scott and Kimberly; now,
therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the
members of this legislative body honor
Russell J. Harding, Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality; and be it further
Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to Russell J.
Harding as a symbol of our appreciation and
gratitude of his accomplishments and the high esteem in which he is held by
the state of Michigan.
Pending the reference of the concurrent resolution to a committee,
Rep. Patterson moved that Rule 77 be suspended and the concurrent resolution
be considered at this time.
The motion prevailed, 3/5 of the members present voting therefor.
The question being on the adoption of the concurrent resolution,
The concurrent resolution was adopted.
Anne Woiwode, Staff Director, Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
109 East Grand River Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48906
517-484-2372; fax 517-484-3108  anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org
visit the Mackinac Chapter on the web at http://michigan.sierraclub.org

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