Hello all, please note that I will take additional signatures on
the letter below until noon today. Send email
with your name, title, torganization name, and location -- thanks!
Vicki Levengood, N.E.T./MI
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2004 3:12
Subject: Urgent call for signatures,
Superfund letter to MI Senators
Friends -- as the Sierra Club's Rita Jack explained in a previous post,
the Senate could vote as early as Wednesday on an amendment to
Superfund "polluter pays" tax on industry. Please sign on
to the letter below, urging Michigan's Senators to vote for this
amendment. Reply by email
no later than early tomorrow morning (by C.O.B. today, if at all possible)
with your name, title, organization name, and location. While
we're hoping to garner signatures from leaders of Michigan's
environmental organizations, we welcome individuals to sign on as well.
Contact me with questions, or check out N.E.T's website for more in-depth
Superfund information: http://environet.policy.net/superfund/
Thanks in advance!
Dear Senator Levin (Stabenow):
As you know, the Superfund program was designed to clean up the nationís
worst toxic waste sites. There
are dozens of Superfund sites in Michigan that pose a serious threat to public
health and impede local economic development. As members of Michiganís
environmental community, we urge you to support efforts in Congress to
reinstate the polluter pays tax, to ensure the clean up of these sites under
the Superfund program.
sites throughout Michigan, dangerous substances contaminate nearby
wells, rivers, yards and playgrounds, including lead, arsenic, mercury,
benzene, asbestos, TCE, PCBs and dioxin. Just two weeks ago, the Associated
Press reported that a Superfund site along the Shiawassee River in
Livingston County still contains dangerous levels of PCBs. This pollution can
have serious consequences for public health, and can lead to real economic
hardship for Michigan communities, with restrictions on water use, gardening,
recreation, and the economic losses resulting from declining property values
and contaminated land left idle.
report from the Environmental Protection Agencyís Inspector General reveals
that in recent years, a funding shortfall has slowed the clean up of many
Superfund sites. At the same time, the burden for cleaning up these sites has
increasingly shifted from the polluting industries to ordinary
We must make sure Michiganís Superfund sites receive the funds
necessary to prevent toxic pollution from threatening the health and
well-being of Michigan citizens.
By reinstating the Superfund
tax on the petrochemical industry and other large businesses, we can provide
for a dedicated source of money to clean up these sites, at no additional cost
to Michigan families or small businesses. Michigan's Superfund sites need
attention now, and polluters should pay their fair share. We urge you to support reinstatement
of the Superfund polluter pays tax.