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Re: E-M:/ Proposed 2-cent gas fee would clean up tank sites



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Enviro-Mich message from "Jack Lanigan" <jacklanigan@comcast.net>
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Dave
I especially liked the part of the article where "he doesn't trust the government to spend the money it raises on cleanups." I don't either.


The previous LUST program went broke through the State's mismanagement of funds and through the State's requiring cleanup solutions far in excess of local land and water usage. The State continues to collect money from each gallon of gas (7/8 of a cent from the article) and continues to re-allocate the money where it wishes. Why should the public give them twice as much money? The legislature makes the spending rules, and they change them when they want. Sure, I would not notice $0.02 per gallon (another $15 per year), but I didn't leave a leaking tank in the ground. Shouldn't these retailers be required to carry insurance for leaking tanks; just as driver's are required to carry 'no-fault' insurance? The retailers are required to pay registration fees, too; part of which are allocated to the LUST fund -- administered by the State. Maybe the retailers would just pass their added costs right to us anyway, but the good part is -- the State would not be in the business of managing the money. That would save us all. Please do not rely on the government to solve the problem; they will just make it bigger.

Orphan sites? No such thing. That is the State's buzz-word for raising funds from the public. If they look, they will find the parent.
Jack


----- Original Message ----- From: "Dave Dempsey" <davedem@hotmail.com>
To: <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 5:29 PM
Subject: E-M:/ Proposed 2-cent gas fee would clean up tank sites



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Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davedem@hotmail.com>
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Drivers could be asked to pay more per gallon at the gas pump to fund cleanup of little-known fuel spills occurring underground all over the state.

More than 7,000 leaking underground storage tank sites statewide - including 414 in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties - are contaminating the ground and water sources almost 20 years after federal laws were passed to clean them up.

The state's goal is 600 cleanups a year, but only 265 were completed during the past year because there wasn't enough money.

http://lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051121/NEWS01/511210349/1150



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