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E-M:/ URGENT - Anti-Environment Water Pollution Bill
- Subject: E-M:/ URGENT - Anti-Environment Water Pollution Bill
- From: Kym Spring <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 16:49:28 -0400
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- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: Kym Spring <email@example.com>
Rep. Koetje’s ANTI-Environment Bill
URGENT Water Pollution Legislation UPDATE
This morning State Representative James Koetje, passed a new water
pollution bill out of his committee that removes a critical protection
for Michigan’s water, as well as for public health and safety.
Senate Bill 252, as passed by the Senate, helped reduce taxpayer
subsidies for our pollution discharge program by switching some of the
burden to parties responsible for the discharges. It was a weak
bill, but a step in the right direction.
When that bill moved to Koetje’s committee, he made a dramatic, damaging
Representative Koetje’s (H-2) version of the bill eliminates the public’s
right to know about the 64 most dangerous chemicals that businesses use.
A major step in the wrong direction.
to help the state identify and track users of particularly hazardous
materials, the Critical Materials Registry / annual wastewater
reporting requirement* was originally known as the "truth in
pollution" law, and was signed into law by former Gov. Milliken in
1970 after the mercury contamination crisis.
the Engler Administration, the number of toxic materials to be reported
on the Critical Materials Registry went from over 300 to just 64.
are now facing a complete elimination of this reporting
This bill could be voted on tomorrow. Please call or send a message
to your State Representative to let him/her know that unless this bill is
amended, they should VOTE NO if they care about the
To fix this bill:
the bill to re-instate the annual wastewater reporting requirement;
increase fees for the 106 major industrial polluters in 2005 and 2006;
funding for pollution prevention and for serious monitoring and
Michigan needs laws that reflect our commitment to long-term protection
of our Great Lakes and other waterways. We expect our legislators
to act accordingly.
THANK YOU for helping keep our elected officials accountable.
-Kym Spring, Community Organizer
Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund
959 Wealthy ST. SE, #2
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
* The annual wastewater reporting requirement does NOT
duplicate the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) -- it covers storage, not
just release, and it includes some substances not on the (TRI)