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Panel advises on petroleum sites

Detroit Free Press - James Prichard, AP


Panel advises on petroleum sites


June 17, 2005

GRAND RAPIDS -- The newly formed Refined Petroleum Cleanup Advisory Council has given Michigan its first recommendations regarding the use of $59.3 million in fees collected from the sale of petroleum products.

The money is to help gas stations and other owners of leaking underground petroleum-storage tanks pay for cleaning up contamination.


"We want to use the money to address the most critical sites first, those that pose the greatest threats to the environment," said Vermeulen, a Grand Rapids lawyer.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality would get the remaining 25% of the money to administer the program and clean up underground tanks at hundreds of so-called orphan sites where there are no viable responsible parties.

Copyright © 2005 Detroit Free Press Inc.




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