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E-M:/ Great Lakes Restoration Public Hearing: Thursday @ 6:30pm at Cobo Hall



Information on Thursday night’s public hearing on Great Lakes Restoration is copied below…

The first thing is a media advisory with the day/times and the second is some more background information. 

I hope that many of you will be able to make it and ensure that our voices are heard to support funding restoring the Great Lakes.

 

- Mike Shriberg

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Mike Shriberg, Ph.D.
State Director
PIRGIM (Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan)
103 E. Liberty Street, Suite 202
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-6597
mshriberg@pirgim.org 
www.pirgim.org

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

$20 Billion Great Lakes Restoration Plan Focus of EPA Meeting in Detroit

 

 

WHEN:                      Thursday, August 18th, 6:30 PM

 

WHERE:                   Cobo Hall - Room W262,

Riverfront Side 1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

                                   

WHO:                        U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

                                    Great Lakes Cities Initiative

                                    Citizens concerned about the health of the Great Lakes

 

WHAT:                      A task force charged by President Bush with crafting a plan to restore and protect the Great Lakes recently released a $20 billion clean-up plan.

 

The plan tackles many of the problems that plague the Great Lakes, from raw sewage flowing into the lakes and closing beaches to habitat destruction and invasive species that are threatening the region’s fish and wildlife.

 

The August 18th meeting is the third in a series of six public meetings across the Great Lakes region to get feedback from the public on the draft action plan. Attend the meeting and learn:

 

·        What’s in the plan and how it impacts Michigan;

·        What citizens support in the plan; and,

·        What citizens oppose in the plan.

 

CONTACT: 

Mike Shriberg, PIRGIM, 734-662-6597; mshriberg@pirg.org

Jordan Lubetkin, National Wildlife Federation, 734-904-1589; lubetkin@nwf.org

Nora Ferrell, Valerie Denney Communications, 312-408-2580; nora@vdcom.com

 

Background

 

It’s time to commit to restoring the Great Lakes to their former glory.  While the Great Lakes have made a significant comeback over the past 30 years, the work is not nearly complete and serious trouble is lurking.  In response to this challenge and under the leadership of the EPA, more than 1500 people worked to create a plan to address critical problems facing in the Great Lakes region.  Called “The Great Lakes Regional Collaborative”, the plan includes strong recommendations and funding targets to address many of the most pressing problems facing the Great Lakes region including:

  • Cleaning up toxic sediments from lake and river bottoms;
  • Stopping sewage dumping into the Lakes;
  • Restoring 550,000 acres of wetlands throughout the Great Lakes region;
  • Stopping and controlling invasive species that can devastate fisheries and wildlife.

 

While generally strong, the draft plan falls short in a few areas:

  • The recommendations for mercury controls on coal burning power plants are weaker than current law.
  • There is no discussion about funding options for cleaning up old contaminated industrial sites ("brownfields") on and near the lakes.
  • The plan does not fully recognize that new technologies and methods can help manufacturers use fewer toxic chemicals that pollute the Lakes and our region.

 

However, there is only one way this plan will work: IF IT IS FULLY FUNDED at the $20.15 billion outlined in the plan.

 

The drafters of the plan are coming to Detroit to hear your concerns about the Lakes and to provide input into this plan to restore the Lakes.  Please attend and share your visions and concerns:

Thursday, August 18th, 6:30pm

Cobo Hall - Room W262, Riverfront Side 1

Detroit, Michigan

 

If you’re able to attend, we can send you more details on the plan and environmental group’s comments on it.  To RSVP and receive more information, click on this link or paste it into your web browser:

http://pirgim.org/MI.asp?id=777&id3=MI&id4=MIAA&

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Mike Shriberg, Ph.D.
State Director
PIRGIM (Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan)
103 E. Liberty Street, Suite 202
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-6597
mshriberg@pirgim.org 
www.pirgim.org