Senator Debbie Stabenow made an appearance in Traverse City
Friday morning as part of her state-wide "Stop Trash Community Action tour".
Invited to speak in support of Senator Stabenow's movement to stop Canadian and out-of-state trash from filling Michigan's landfills were Traverse City Mayor Margaret Dodd, Leelanau County Commissioner Mary Tonneberger, Monica Evans, chair of the Traverse Group of the Sierra Club, and Senator Jason Allen.
On January 1, 2003, Toronto closed it's last landfill and now sends all of its trash to Michigan landfills. Almost 200 garbage trucks per day pass through Michigan boarders each day, clogging our roads and bridges, and threatening our water, air and soil.
Trucks have been turned away because they carried radioactive materials, however most trucks go unchecked. It is time for Michigan to say "no more". It is time to take a stand and stop Michigan from being a dumping ground for Canadian and out-of-state trash.
Senator Debbie Stabenow is attempting to collect 100,000 signatures on her petition by Labor Day, 2003, to be presented to Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Marianne Lamont Horinko urging her to use the authority she has under existing treaties to block Canadian trash shipments into Michigan.
"Under the Agreement Concerning the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste, which was entered into in 1986, shipments of waste across the Canadian-U.S. border require government-to-government notification. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as the designated authority for the United States, should receive this notification and then have 30 days to consent or object to the shipment. It is our understanding, that these notification provisions have never been enforced." ~Debbie Stabenow
Read Senator Stabenow's testimony before the House Subcommittee on Environmental and Hazardous materials at:
then sign the petition at:
WETLANDS HAVE A POOR PUBLIC IMAGE.....YET THEY ARE AMONG THE EARTH'S GREATEST NATURAL ASSETS....MANKIND'S WATERLOGGED WEALTH. ~Edward Maltby