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E-M:/ RE: / Bush relaxes environmental regulations

Folks, I hope I’m not being naïve – but is this something he can just do?  Is there a way to reverse this under the federal Clean Water Act?  Obviously, this is outrageous.  We’re already seeing feminized fish, frogs, salamanders, turtles, other aquatic or semi-aquatic animals.  More pesticides and other chemicals in our waters will worsen this effect, and hasten their decline.  Will we see these animals disappear altogether in our lifetimes?


Our Great Lakes are literally near the tipping point of no return – we in Michigan and in the Great Lakes Basin cannot afford more stressors to the Lakes, or to any of their connecting waters.  What can be done in Michigan to stop this from happening here? 





Rita Jack

Water Sentinels Project, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

tel:  517-484-2372


Make all Michigan's waters fishable and swimmable.



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WASHINGTON -- With little fanfare, the Bush administration recently announced that pesticide users would no longer have to get a federal Clean Water Act permit to spray toxic chemicals over rivers, lakes and streams.

To the White House, it was the latest in a series of efforts to reduce burdensome federal regulations that vex business owners and local governments. To conservation groups, it was President George W. Bush using his power to once again weaken environmental and public health laws.