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Re: E-M:/ Michigan Activists....Pay Attention on Military Enviro Exemptions



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Enviro-Mich message from Barbara Jean Madsen <bjmadsen@umich.edu>
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I believe that personnel from the Michigan Natural Features Inventory did
conduct a study some years ago of at least the plant species on the
Grayling properties, and they did find quite a few rarities.


On Fri, 25 Apr 2003, Alex J. Sagady & Associates wrote:

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> Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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> The latest dispatch from Public Employees for Environmental
> Responsibility shows how the Bush political appointees
> Christie Whitman and John Suarez are undermining /reversing the
> professional judgement of top EPA career public servants
> on the matter of exempting the military from environmental
> laws.
>
> Michigan activists should pay attention to this because
> of the presence of the Grayling National Guard Training facility
> [and its presence in the watershed of the Au Sable and
> Manistee Rivers], and the Selfridge Air National base
> near Mt. Clemens.
>
> Michigan also has Sen. Carl Levin on some of the committees
> of jurisdiction and, according to the recent NRDC presentation in
> Lansing, Levin needs to be hearing from Michigan citizens on this issue.
>
> In fact, inquiring minds want to know....has the Michigan
> National Guard under the Granholm Administration
> supported or opposed the Bush Administration effort to
> exempt military facilities from environmental laws, as
> Bush is seeking with both executive decisions and
> congressional action??????
>
> Let's be specific.....Michigan already knows the consequences
> of past unrestrained military facility environmental mismanagement
> such as that which occurred at Wurtsmith U.S. Air Force Base that
> polluted both groundwater and the Au Sable River.
>
> Citizens should ask questions like...
>
> What is happening, for example, with any use of depleted uranium
> artillery rounds at Grayling in field training exercises?
>
> How are spent solvents and hazardous wastes from aircraft maintenance being
> handled at Selfridge?
>
> Has the State of Michigan inventoried threatened and endangered species on
> the large land area of the Grayling training facility?
>
> What management is taking place of spilled fuel at both facilities?
>
> Do aviation fuel tanks at Selfridge have secondary containment?
>
> Here is PEER's latest dispatch on this issue:
>
> April 9, 2003--EPA STAFF STIFLE OBJECTIONS TO PENTAGON POLLUTION EXEMPTIONS;
> Top Official's Testimony Contradicts His Own Agency's Specialists
> A top Environmental Protection Agency official endorsed Pentagon pollution
> exemption proposals in congressional testimony without disclosing serious
> objections raised by his own staff, according to documents released today by
> PEER. John P. Suarez, head of EPA's Office of Enforcement & Compliance
> Assurance, testified before House and Senate committees that Pentagon
> rewrites of hazardous waste laws were "narrowly tailored" and "appropriate"
> while his own staff's analysis submitted to the President's Office of
> Management and Budget raised major public health concerns and attacked the
> plans as unnecessary and overly broad.
> http://www.peer.org/press/328.html
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