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E-M:/ after-the-fact destruction, er, permits

Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davemec@voyager.net>

This is probably not the way it's supposed to work.
      After a series of fumbles by the state Department of 
Environmental Quality back in the late 1990s, developer Bill Clous was 
given permission to fill wetlands that were part of a 20-acre housing 
development in Elk Rapids.
      In the spring of 2002, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declared 
it had jurisdiction over the site and ordered the work halted.
      Now, Clous is seeking an "after-the-fact" permit from the Corps 
to continue work at the site, in essence an official absolution for 
work that shouldn't have been allowed in the first place.
      It's a backward way to do public business that subverts the 
entire premise of environmental regulations - preventing damage before 
it's done, preserving lakes and rivers and forests before they're 
damaged, not later.


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