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FYI, the problem is statewide. People have organized to make their elected
representatives uphold env. laws.
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Bruce  Manny

----- Forwarded by Bruce A Manny/BRD/USGS/DOI on 09/18/00 07:21 AM -----
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             


                                                                                          
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                                         Ph.D." <rkummler@chem1.eng.wayne.edu>, Robert    
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                                         KeithDebbi Dittman <lexnewman@home.net>, Lex     
                                         Newman <lexnewman@home.com>, BECKY Lentz         
                                         <LENTZ@nwf.org>, Larry Arrequin                  
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                                         <Labadip@basf-corp.com>, "Russell G. Kreis"      
                                         <kreis.russell@epamail.epa.gov>, KOSTMA          
                                         <KOSTMA@state.mi.us>, Kathy La Pointe            
                                         <klapoint@ford.com>, Kittie Flannery Graf        
                                         <Kittie.Graf@westgroup.com>, Kathleen Law        
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                                         Subject:     We the People: Broken: The Public   
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http://www.mlui.org/pubs/glb/glb12-00/glb12-01.html

The Michigan Land Institute has published their latest issue. A glossy
magazine with lots of stories about efforts across the State to save
places like Humbug Marsh.

It records wins and losses. Techniques that work.  A warning about
"Guarding Your Master Plan". Some familiar faces and names are in the
issue. But many more that are news to us. The fact is that there are
"Humbug Marsh" all across the state.

And the articles point the finger un-erringly at the culprits.

If you can't open up this page, you can call the MLI and join or get a
copy. 231-882-4723

There's a big fight a brewing. Get ready! We need all the cudgels we can
muster.
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
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                    Georgia Boerma, who is 70 now and doesn't look it,   
                    brushed aside the low-lying, tangled oak and maple   
                    branches and then set deep foot prints down in the   
                    wavering spine of a coastal dune north of St.        
                    Joseph. Nowhere else in the world do sand and        
                    forest, fresh water and blue sky converge as         
                    magically as they do in the high dunes that rise     
                    steeply, like sculpted sentinels, from Lake          
                    Michigan's beach.                                    
                    Mrs. Boerma, a talkative and friendly mother and     
                    grandmother, spent most of her life in this region.  
                    She easily finds the words to describe the joy and   
                    urgent calling she feels for this part of the world. 
                    Mrs. Boerma's ready vocabulary fails her, however,   
                    when it comes to describing why she and her          
                    neighbors have spent nearly three years trying to    
                    stop state regulators from giving a mining company   
                    the right to strip 70 acres of forest and haul away  
                    this 10,000-year-old ridge of sand, which is a       
                    state-protected critical dune.                       
                    Her eyes grow restive and darken. "You know," she    
                    remarks, "things really have changed. Our state      
                    government doesn't seem to care anymore. Just look   
                    at what's going on here. If it wasn't for people     
                    like us, this would all be gone."                    
                    Indeed, since 1996 Mrs. Boerma and the 750-member,   
                    non-profit group Preserve the Dunes have put their   
                    lives on hold and their personal finances on the     
                    line in an expensive court challenge to force the    
                    state to do its job. Perhaps no grassroots           
                    environmental dispute with state government better   
                    crystallizes Michigan's vastly changed attitude      
                    about its responsibility to nature, or helps to      
                    explain why thousands of people like Georgia Boerma  
                    are now compelled to take up new roles as grassroots 
                    activists.                                           
                                                                         
                                                                         
                    Bending the Rules                                    
                    Like many, Mrs. Boerma and her neighbors thought the 
                    law and the regulators charged with enforcing it     
                    would protect them. And, in fact, the Department of  
                    Natural Resources in 1995 denied the mining company, 
                    Technisand, a permit to expand because it did not    
                    qualify for an exemption in the 1976 Sand Dune       
                    Protection and Management Act.                       
                    But on April 1, 1996, six months after Gov. John     
                    Engler carved away the DNR's enforcement divisions   
                    to establish a separate Department of Environmental  
                    Quality ? answerable only to him ? the new agency    
                    sent Technisand a letter inviting the company to     
                    resubmit its application. "There have been many      
                    changes in state government," the new agency's       
                    letter read, "and the DNR/DEQ in particular." On     
                    November 25, 1996, the DEQ issued the company a      
                    permit to mine in the protected critical dune area.  
                    DEQ spokesman Ken Silfven told the Detroit News that 
                    "our interpretation of the statute is correct and    
                    appropriate." But Thomas R. Fette, attorney for      
                    Preserve the Dunes, isn't convinced. "Nothing else   
                    changed ? not the law, the company, or the mine,"    
                    said Mr. Fette. "The only thing that was different   
                    from 1995 to 1996 was that the new DEQ interpreted   
                    the law in a way that promoted mining at the expense 
                    of the environment.                                  
                    "If you look at what's unfolded here," he continued, 
                    "you reach a number of conclusions. And the most     
                    important is that there was a conscious political    
                    decision in the 1990s to make environmental law      
                    enforcement more business friendly. This case is a   
                    poster child for what happened."                     
                                                                         
                    Government Taking Sides                              
                    Why would state regulators go out of their way to    
                    circumvent the law? Aren't they supposed to enforce  
                    environmental rules and leave economic development   
                    to the community? That's what Mrs. Boerma and people 
                    across the state want to know as they repeatedly     
                    encounter, at DEQ permit hearings and even local     
                    planning and zoning commission meetings, a general   
                    reluctance among officials to enforce rules that may 
                    limit business.                                      
                    "It's not right that citizens have to do the job     
                    that the DEQ is supposed to do," Mrs. Boerma says.   
                    "There's an arrogance there that just makes your     
                    blood boil."                                         
                    So much blood is boiling in Michigan, in fact, that  
                    from St. Clair Shores and Milan Township in          
                    southeast Michigan to Petoskey and Alpena in the     
                    north, people are forming grassroots organizations   
                    to challenge the troubling non-enforcement trend.    
                    These campaigns are not quite like the earlier       
                    citizen activism of the 1960s and 1970s, which       
                    focused on establishing the basic policies and laws  
                    to clean the air and water, manage toxic wastes, and 
                    protect wildlife. Michigan citizens today are        
                    organizing around efforts to uphold those laws. They 
                    are working to:                                      
                    ? Protect rivers, wetlands, wildlife, and property   
                    rights from lax state permitting.                    
                    ? Hold local officials to democratically decided     
                    open space zoning provisions.                        
                    ? Require that state agencies do their legal duty of 
                    notifying and listening to the public.               
                    ? Keep watch over polluters, which underfunded and   
                    demoralized agency staff are not monitoring closely. 
                                                                         
                    Less Democracy, More Bureaucracy                     
                    The primary opponent these groups face is not big    
                    business, but Big Government weighing in on the side 
                    of private interests over the public's values.       
                    Citizens have always had to keep tabs on government  
                    and wrestle with its bureaucracy. But the public's   
                    watchdog burden grew exponentially during the 1990s  
                    in Michigan and across the country as a new          
                    government-bashing, "regulatory reform" ideology     
                    took hold.                                           
                    Instead of making it easier for businesses to comply 
                    with clear and consistently enforced regulations,    
                    the new regulatory pattern has been to relax the     
                    rules, back off enforcement, and obstruct citizens.  
                    Rather than improving government, as the political   
                    rhetoric behind this ideology implied, the record in 
                    Michigan and across the nation shows that            
                    "regulatory reform" actually has eroded the          
                    environmental laws and the democratic processes      
                    that, to date, have made America the envy of the     
                    world.                                               
                    The rule of law and the public's rights under those  
                    laws are hallmarks of the U.S. regulatory system,    
                    just as similar government rules and public rights   
                    make this country's financial markets among the      
                    world's most trusted. Without these checks and       
                    balances, America's natural resources, just as its   
                    monetary system, are subject to creeping corruption  
                    and easy exploitation.                               
                    The threat of such lawlessness in Michigan is real.  
                    Enforcement statistics and a telling pattern of      
                    on-the-ground experiences show that the state's      
                    citizens can no longer rely on the letter of the law 
                    or a seat at the policy table.                       
                        "Compliance Assistance": Rhetoric vs. Reality >> 
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
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