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E-M:/ Water Protection Campaign Launched Today
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- Date: Thu, 01 May 2003 16:13:16 -0400
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Citizen Groups Urge Lansing Legislators
to Stop Polluter Free Ride
Community and environmental groups
today announced a new campaign to protect Michigan’s waters from pollution
and warned that unless lawmakers act on proposals for enforcing the Clean
Water Act the state’s Great Lakes, river and streams will continue to receive
direct pollution discharges.
The Stand Up for Michigan’s Waters campaign announcement comes as lawmakers
consider funding alternatives for a permit program that regulates pollution
discharges into Michigan’s waterways. The Granholm administration has proposed
shifting the financial burden from taxpayers to polluters to fund The National
Pollution Discharge Elimination permit program. Lawmakers, however, are
studying other proposals to eliminate fee revenues that could put the state’s
program for regulating water pollution discharges in jeopardy.
The campaign was launched with news events in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Oakland
County and Macomb County. Clean Water Action, League of Conservation Voters-Michigan,
PIRGIM and Sierra Club are among the organizations spearheading the effort.
The groups announced a web site—www.michiganswater.org—that gives Michiganders
information about the campaign.
Currently, taxpayers pay for the permit program that monitors pollution dumped
into Michigan waterways. Nearly 1,500 facilities are discharging free of
The Stand Up for Michigan’s Waters coalition today called on policy makers
in Lansing to adopt funding proposals and reforms that discourage pollution
and strengthen enforcement of environmental laws.
Groups called for permit fees similar to programs in nearly every other state.
Clean Water permit fees help discourage pollution by charging for pollution
and ensures fair funding of the program. In addition, permit fees will help
to adequately fund proper monitoring and enforcement of the Clean Water Act
As a result of inadequate funding, weak enforcement has created an atmosphere
where polluters feel comfortable breaking environmental laws. A study of
recent EPA compliance data found 36% of all major facilities in Michigan
were in serious violation of the Clean Water Act.
Current legislation being considered in the House and Senate would set fees
for pollution discharges based on the pollution being discharged and increase
the public’s right to know about pollution discharged into Michigan’s waterways.
The coalition called on Legislative leaders including Senator Ken Sikkema,
Senator Patricia Birkholz and Representative Ruth Johnson to take action
on these proposals.
To contact the campaign go to: www.michiganswater.org