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Title: Detroiters Working for Environmental
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice are urgently
requesting Granholm to veto HB 4617 (S3). Please take a look.
December 15, 2005
Dear Concerned Citizen of
We need your help to
protect your property values and the health of our
The Michigan House and
Senate have passed concurring legislation HB 4617 (S3) that needs your
This legislation sets
dangerous precedent that is relevant to all of us in Michigan. It will
make the cleanup of dioxin and other dangerous chemicals nearly
impossible - and most importantly it could make future cleanups in any
community, difficult, expensive, and slow.
Join Detroiters Working for
Environmental Justice (www.dwej.org) in protesting this threat to
Michigan's communities and economic health. Send a message to Governor
Granholm on our website or call her at (517) 373-3400 and ask her
to veto HB 4617 (S3). Governor Granholm has until December 22 to
decide whether or not she'll veto this bill. Let her know how you
Legislators trying to
protect polluters are proposing to change the way the state manages
our cleanup laws. HB 4617 (S3) would remove the state's ability to
designate some property as a "facility" or potentially
contaminated site. The result will be more expensive cleanups,
slower cleanups, and increased liability for individual property
owners whose property may be contaminated. Residents may actually
lose the ability to force polluters to pay. In addition, the
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" provisions of the bill would prevent
property owners from knowing that their property is contaminated,
would prevent future owners from being informed, and would prevent the
Department of Environmental Quality from doing anything about it, even
if the property owners wanted a clean-up. This bill actually
diminishes the rights of owners and future owners of properties!
This bill is especially harmful to efforts to rebuild the City of
Detroit as a World Class city.
This is our home and
we need to act today!
Please email or call
Governor Granholm and ask her to veto HB 4617 (S3). Again, our
website is www.dwej.org and her phone number is (517) 373-3400. Please
call or email today - she will make her decision within the next week.
If you email or call, please let us know that you have contacted the
Governor by using the
form on our website or
by calling Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice at (313)
821-1064 to let us know.
The message is simple:
Governor Granholm, please veto HB 4617 (S3).
Thank you for your
Guy O. Williams
Assistant Curator of Folk Arts/4-H Extension Specialist
Michigan Traditional Arts Program
Michigan State University Museum
East Lansing, Michigan 48824