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E-M:/ Clean Water Action Endorses Granholm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contact:        David Holtz, Michigan Director
July 31, 2006
                                                                            517-203-0754 (office)
          313-300-4454 (cell)

                                                                                            Chris De Witt / Granholm Campaign
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Clean Water Action Endorses Granholm

Governor’s Plan Grows Economy And Protects Quality of Life

            LANSING – Clean Water Action, a nonprofit organization promoting the protection of water resources, announced today its endorsement of Gov. Jennifer Granholm for reelection. 

“Governor Granholm is fighting to protect our families from the harmful effects of pollution, while preserving Michigan’s natural resources for our children,” Holtz said. “She has made sure that our Great Lakes are not sold to the highest bidder or used as a toxic dumping ground.”

In recognition of the Governor’s commitment to protecting Michigan’s waterways, Clean Water Action honored her with their 2005 Great Lakes Guardian Award, the organization’s top environmental honor.  Earlier this year, the Governor signed legislation protecting the Great Lakes from large-scale diversions and withdrawals.  As Governor, she prohibited open water disposal of contaminated dredge sediments containing toxic substances such as mercury, dioxin, or PCB in the Great Lakes.  She also implemented the first laws regulating the discharge of ballast water from ocean-bound ships, and required all ocean vessels that dock in Michigan have permits to protect the Lakes against non-native aquatic specimens.

“Our water is our most precious natural resource,” Granholm said. “Not only do the Great Lakes fuel our economy and anchor our tourism industry, the Great Lakes are integral to the supreme quality of life we enjoy as Michiganians.”

Governor Granholm has been tough on polluters and has fought to stop the dumping of Canadian trash in Michigan landfills. She signed legislation that will help reduce the amount of trash Michigan is currently being forced to take, and instituted a new inspection program for Canadian trash to ensure trash coming into Michigan is not illegal or dangerous.

“Governor Granholm has a comprehensive plan to grow Michigan’s economy without sacrificing the natural resources that make this state a great place to live,” Holtz said.   “Clean Water Action does not trust Dick DeVos to be a good steward of Michigan’s environment.  He has given thousands of dollars to and served on the board of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a group which has—among other things—advocated drilling for gas and oil under the Great Lakes.”

DeVos joined the board of the Mackinac Center in 1990, and has contributed more than $100,000 in support of its extremist programs. The Center, billed by the media as a “conservative think tank” located in Midland, Mich., has a record of opposing the regulation of harmful emissions like mercury, and has called energy independence proposals that promote alternative energy a “waste of time.” The Center has also opposed limiting trash imported from Canada, and attacked strong federal standards limiting the amount of arsenic in public drinking water supplies, saying the standards are based on “junk science.”

In contrast, Governor Granholm has a strong record of protecting families and the environment from harmful chemicals.  She signed legislation to help local communities develop pollution prevention projects by making it easier for them to access nearly $900 million in low-interest loans.  She renewed groundwater permit fees, allowing the Department of Environmental Quality to issue permits and complete inspections for businesses that discharge treated waters into groundwater systems. The Governor also called for all power plants to reduce mercury emissions by 90 percent by 2015.

Governor Granholm has been a leader in the development of renewable energy.  Her $2 billion 21st Century Jobs Fund will attract growing, high-tech jobs that will not be outsourced, including companies investing in alternative energy. She recently signed a package of legislation that will, for the first time, create incentives for consumers who buy alternative fuel vehicles and service stations that make ethanol and biodiesel available to their customers.

Michigan put the world on wheels,” said Granholm.  “We must also be the state that develops alternative forms of energy to power our vehicles and end our dependence on foreign oil.”

Clean Water Action is a national citizens' organization working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, creation of
environmentally safe jobs and businesses and empowerment of people to make democracy work.  Clean Water Action, with 177,000 Michigan members, has offices in Clinton Township, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and East Lansing.