|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:38:22 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Michigan cleanup funds run dry|
[One reason, I suspect, that the state ran out of cleanup funding is
that Brownfields subsidies have been available as general subsidies for
business development. - LS]
Michigan has 11,000 toxic spots, finds only $150M for cleanup By TINA LAM Detroit Free Press December 12, 2010Michigan came close to having to shut down contamination cleanups across the state, until legislators last week approved a rescue package of $150 million that will keep some going for another three to four years.
Experts say the state is at a crossroads: It has more than 11,000 contaminated sites and leaky underground storage tanks, many without owners, and can't keep using Band-Aids to fix them.
The latest infusion of money will pay for cleanups only at the riskiest contaminated sites, and was raided from a sewer-repair program. Legislators took money from a clean-up fund for underground storage tanks to plug other budget holes.
The state is out of money from two voter-approved bond issues that were used to clean up contamination for the last 22 years.
... For the entire article, see http://www.freep.com/article/20101212/NEWS05/12120622/1001/NEWS/Michigan-has-11000-toxic-spots-finds-only-150M-for-cleanup -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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