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Enviro-Mich message from "Patrick Diehl" <patmec@voyager.net>

Illegal Dumping Pushes Up Toxic Contamination in Great Lakes

Toxic pollution in Great Lakes waterways has jumped 25 percent over the past
six years, thanks at least in part to rampant illegal discharges from large
industrial facilities and sewer plants.
Meanwhile, government enforcement efforts on both the national and state
levels are stagnating, meaning that most of the violators don't get
punished.  In Michigan, for example, the state Department of Environmental
Quality now has only five employees working on enforcement of water laws --
not nearly enough to catch all the violators.  "You're looking at people
violating limits sometimes by 1,000 percent and they're doing it for years
and years," said Eric Schaeffer, former head of the EPA's enforcement
division and now director of the Rockefeller Family Fund's Environmental
Integrity Project.  "It threatens the whole Clean Water Act."

straight to the source:  Detroit News, Brad Heath, 05 Oct 2003

Patrick Diehl
Associate Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Drive, Ste. 2A
Lansing, MI 48912

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