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Re: E-M:/ DEQ Citizen Oversight Commission Needed



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Enviro-Mich message from Barbara Jean Madsen <bjmadsen@umich.edu>
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Michele,

Do you have a web address or other handy source for the text of those
recommendations?  Thanks.

--Barb Madsen


On Wed, 3 Sep 2003, Michele Scarborough wrote:

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> Enviro-Mich message from Michele Scarborough <mec@voyager.net>
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> Yesterday the DEQ released proposed public involvement recommendations
> prepared by the agency's Environmental Advisory Council (EAC).  Comments
> on the recommendations will be accepted until October 31, 2003. Comments
> should be e-mailed to  DEQ-EAC@michigan.gov.
>
> Below is a statement by several members of the EAC about the need for a
> DEQ citizen oversight board.
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> CITIZEN OVERSIGHT OF DEQ CRITICAL TO RESTORING CONFIDENCE, ENVIRONMENTAL
> PERFORMANCE
>
> As members of the Department of Environmental Quality Environmental
> Advisory Committee, we commend agency chief Steve Chester and staff for
> soliciting the views of outside advisors on methods of restoring public
> trust and confidence in the environmental
> decisions of the department. That trust and confidence was shattered by
> actions of the previous gubernatorial administration and DEQ management,
> which deliberately excluded affected communities from decision-making
> about air and water pollution, wetland protection, waste management and
> other matters affecting public health and the environment.  This breach
> of the public trust will be difficult to remedy.
>
> Although the draft EAC recommendations, to which we contributed, are an
> important step forward, they fall short of what is needed to assure
> broad-based citizen participation in environmental decision-making, and
> oversight of critical DEQ decisions.  The EAC will next be discussing
> whether a citizen oversight body should be created to provide citizens a
> direct role in DEQ decision-making. Late last year, more than 100
> environmental and conservation groups representing hundreds of thousands
> of Michigan citizens wrote then Governor-Elect Granholm to urge that she
> support the creation of a citizen oversight board for DEQ. We were among
> the letter's signatories. We continue to believe strongly that such a
> board, with appropriate powers to consider public views and render key
> decisions, is absolutely critical to the state's
> constitutionally-mandated job of preventing pollution, impairment or
> destruction of natural resources.
>
> As the Governor and Director Chester review public response to the EAC
> recommendations, we urge them to demonstrate continued leadership in
> restoring Michigan's reputation for environmental innovation and
> leadership by implementing the recommendations in the EAC report and
> supporting the creation of a DEQ citizen oversight board.
>
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> Wil Cwikiel
> Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
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> Charles Griffith
> Ecology Center
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> Lana Pollack
> Michigan Environmental Council
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> Michele Scarborough
> Member Services Director
> Michigan Environmental Council
> 119 Pere Marquette Dr., Ste. 2A
> Lansing, MI 48912
> (517) 487-9539
> (517) 487-9541 fax
> http://www.mecprotects.org
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