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Re: E-M:/ Earth Day gift to Michigan...



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Enviro-Mich message from Barbara Jean Madsen <bjmadsen@umich.edu>
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Of course you're right about this.  The statements about wetlands and
mitigation are equally fallacious.  One statement in the press release
explains a lot:

"The motivation for the legislation came from resident feedback concerning
beach grooming legislation."

This legislation is simply expansion of the so-called "Save Our
Shorelines" mentality (a name akin to "Clean Skies" or "Healthy Forests")
to a whole range of environmental issues.

--B.J. Madsen


On Tue, 20 Apr 2004, Alex J. Sagady & Associates wrote:

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> Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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> At 05:21 PM 04/20/2004, you wrote:
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> >
> >FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<
> >
> >
> >April 20, 2004
> >Republican lawmakers introduce environmental stewardship proposals
> >
> >A group of state House Republicans today unveiled legislative proposals
> >that balance the need to preserve the environment and protect the rights
> >of Michigan residents.
> >
> >The proposals, announced at a Lansing news conference by Reps. Brian
> >Palmer, Tom Casperson, John Moolenaar, John Pastor and Fulton Sheen, focus
> >on four main areas: air quality; preserving wetlands; streamlining the
> >permitting process; and involving residents in environmental matters.
>
> It looks like Michigan House Republicans are adopting the George
> Bush "Big Lie Technique" on environment (and practically everything else
> these days).   Lie about environment, resource protection, job creation, the
> economy, war, the deficit, cutting taxes for the rich, etc. etc. etc.
>
> >Bills in the package:
> >Adopt the federal Maximum Available Control Technology standards for air
> >quality
> This looks like a case of the sponsor choosing to ignore the fact that
> Michigan administrative regulations already provide that technology
> based control requirements in permits reflect the federal MACT standards when
> they are promulgated as final regulations.
>
> However, the sponsor may be deceptive if this is all aimed at trashing
> Michigan's system of assessing the public health and environmental impact
> of airborne toxic
> pollution.....rules which work and which have been in place since the
> eighties and go beyond minimum technology-based control requirements.
> >and reduce the amount of time it takes to process air permits;
> This is frequently a problem of the applicant failing to submit
> complete applications.   There are also resource problems created by
> a system in which there is no permit application fee to pay
> all of the costs of air pollution permit reviews.
>
> Delays can also be caused by the complexity of the processes being
> permitted and insufficient information about processes, control technology,
> emissions, pollutants, etc.
> >Create a state Department of Environmental Quality ombudsman to give
> >people a place to get a fair hearing, and institute a public advisory
> >commission to give residents a voice in environmental affairs;
> This will be just window dressing unless these groups have actual authority
> over permit issuance, appeals and/or enforcement matters.
>
> >The group's announcement regarding clean air legislation is timely
> >considering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent declaration
> >that 25 Michigan counties are in violation of federal ground level ozone
> >standards.
>
> Since the Michigan's Air Toxics Program has nothing at
> all to do with the control of ozone precursors and non-attainment designations,
> this is again a deceptive proposal.
>
> ....Kind of sounds like the "U.S. Patriot Act approach" to
> legislating.....don't
> read the bill but pass a bunch of crap not knowing what it is and what
> its effects are.
>
> If Michigan Republicans want something useful to do to address the
> ozone air pollution problem and to actually be so-called "stewards of the
> environment" then there is plenty to do.   The most basic thing that would
> mean a lot would be to require gasoline stations in Southeastern Michigan
> and Western Michigan to install gas tank filling vapor control technology.
> Many other states impose these controls and it would eliminate tons of
> volatile organic compound emissions every day.
>
> >"Replacing Michigan's Air Toxics program with the federally adopted
> >Maximum Available Control Technology standards will help keep the state's
> >air quality standards high while reducing the amount of time it takes the
> >DEQ to process air permits," said Sheen, R-Plainwell.
>
> Sheen is either ignorant or lying....what is it going to be?   Since, MACT
> standards
> are already required by federal law and regulation and Michigan regulation
> already require that the decision for technology based control decisions
> reflect
> MACT when such regulations are in final form....what possibly could Sheen be
> after?
>
> Either he wants to trash Michigan's requirement for Best Available Control
> Technology for Toxics when there is no finally promulgated federal MACT
> standard....or....
>
> ....he wants to trash the ability of the state to impose an emission
> limitation
> that is more stringent than minimum technology-based control requirements
> because a new or modified air pollution source would otherwise cause the
> following:
>
> ....excessive risk of cancer incidence greater than 1 in a million or 1 in
> 100,000
> ....air pollution which poses risks of neurotoxicity, pulmonary irritation,
>      teratogenicity [fetal defects-toxicity], and other deleterious
> non-cancer effects
> ....air pollution which poisons the environment by increasing toxicants in
> fish and
>      wildlife
>
> I sure do hate politicians that lie through their teeth and pretend somehow
> they are "stewards of the environment".....a pox on all their houses!
>
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