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E-M:/ Dems Score Big Victory: No More Canada Trash!

Enviro-Mich message from "Daniel Farough" <dfarough@house.mi.gov>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, Aug. 31, 2006	Contact: Dan FaroughPhone: (517) 373-2093

Dems Score Big Victory: No More Canada Trash! 
Attacking economics of trash trade forces a change; now Michigan must focus on Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin trash

LANSING – Michigan House Democrats hailed a major victory in the fight against Canadian trash after U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Carl Levin (D-Detroit) today announced that their plan to impose high charges at the border has forced Canada to do something it never has: Stop sending trash to Michigan.
“Michigan citizens and every community that stood up to Canadian trash deserve this major victory today,” House Democratic Leader Dianne Byrum (D-Onondaga) said. “The fight is not over and Michigan must now act at the state level to fight trash from other states like Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. Today, we proved that the best way to slam the brakes on all garbage trucks is to attack the economics of the trash trade and make garbage companies pay. Republicans must stop protecting their friends in the trash lobby, and start protecting our working families from all trash, including garbage from other states. House Democrats will continue to lead the fight against all imported trash.”
Stabenow and Levin today announced that they signed a deal with the government of Ontario, which has promised to stop sending its garbage to Michigan. Six municipalities, including Canada’s largest city Toronto, signed the agreement. In 2005, Canada dumped more than 3.6 million tons of trash in Michigan, according to the Department of Environmental Quality. That amount is more than 50 percent of the 6.2 million tons of total imported trash from both Canada and other states.
Ontario signed the deal after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a Stabenow-Levin plan that would charge each Canadian trash truck $420 at the border. With more than 400 Canadian trash trucks rumbling into Michigan each day, Canadian garbage haulers stand to pay more than $160,000 a day to dump in Michigan. Under the agreement, Canada will stop trash shipments in four years, beginning next year. 
In Michigan, House Democrats have fought for more than a year to pass a state-level plan that attacks the economics of the trash trade by raising Michigan’s dumping charge from 21 cents a ton – the lowest in the region – to $7.50 a ton, and banning landfill expansions until 2011. 
“Michigan must act at the state level and stand up to trash from all outside sources,” Byrum said. “The status quo Republican Legislature has protected the garbage lobby for too long, and our working families deserve a change.”

Dan Farough
Press Secretary
House Democratic Communications


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