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E-M:/ MDEQ wins Recognition on wastewater permits

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

August 6, 2008  

Contact:  Robert McCann
                (517) 241-7397

DEQ Receives National Recognition for Effective Permitting Program

The Department of Environmental Quality has been recognized by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency for maintaining one of the most
effective and efficient National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems
(NPDES) permitting programs in the nation.  The EPAâ??s Certificate of
Achievement was awarded, â??in recognition of the DEQâ??s dedication to
the goal of sound NPDES permitting, and to the restoration and
maintenance of water quality.â??  

"The DEQ is committed to protecting our drinking water and ensuring
high water quality,â?? Governor Jennifer M. Granholm said.  â??It is an
honor for Michigan to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency.  This award underscores DEQ's commitment to make sure that our
environment and our natural resources are kept safe."

NPDES permits are required for any business or municipality that
discharges potential pollutants to surface waters.  The process helps
businesses across the state ensure they are maintaining the high water
quality standards necessary to protect Michiganâ??s natural resources,
and an efficient permitting program is critical to encouraging
businesses to locate in Michigan.  

â??This recognition underscores the work and dedication of our
employees to providing a high level of service to the public,â?? said
DEQ Director Steven E. Chester.  â??We continually strive to protect our
environment while encouraging economic growth in Michigan, and the NPDES
program has helped us accomplish just that.â??

Each year, the DEQ handles thousands of NPDES permits, and the large
volume of applications can cause backlogs and slow the approval process.
 Highlighted in the EPAâ??s recognition are DEQâ??s effective processing
procedures, which over the past two years have exceeded goals for permit
backlog reduction.

â??Protecting Michiganâ??s Environment, Ensuring Michiganâ??s

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Environmental Enforcement, Permit/Technical Review, Public Policy, 
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Waste/Community Environmental and Resource Protection
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