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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2004

Contact:  Patricia Spitzley
                (517) 241-7397

Governor Granholm Calls Upon Legislature To Pass Groundwater Fee
Legislation

Today Governor Granholm called upon the Legislature to pass Senate Bill
560, the groundwater fee legislation by April 1st to avert the
discontinuation of the Groundwater Discharge Permit Program due to lack
of funding.  Governor Granholm called the situation "crunch time" and
urged Michigan's Legislature to do what is right to protect the
groundwater for the people of Michigan and for generations to follow by
enacting these needed fees.

Department of Environmental Quality Director Steven E. Chester also
called upon the Legislature to "close the deal" and pass the legislation
that would provide the DEQ with the necessary funding to continue the
administration of the Groundwater Discharge Permit Program.

"The DEQ has continued to operate this program with the understanding
that the deal struck between Governor Granholm and the Legislature
replacing nearly all of the general fund support for this critical
program with fees would be coming; however, time is now running out,
said Director Chester.  With approximately 46 percent of Michigan
citizens relying on groundwater for their drinking water supply, we join
the Governor in urging the Legislature to fulfill the agreement and pass
the legislation that will allow the DEQ to continue the protection of
Michigan's groundwater."

On March 17, the DEQ sent letters to groundwater permitees, the
Governor, and the Legislature informing them that if the groundwater
fee  legislation  was  not  passed by  April  1,  the   DEQ  would  have
  no  choice  but  to  discontinue administration of the program.
Groundwater Discharge Permits needed for projects ranging from the
construction of subdivisions, fruit processors, and dry cleaners would
no longer be issued or renewed.  In addition, facilities that had failed
to renew their permits on time were informed that their permits have
essentially been voided and continued discharges would be in violation
of Part 31 Water Resources Act.  A complete listing of the permittees
potentially affected can be seen on the DEQ website at
www.michigan.gov/deq .

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