2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 17:29:13 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Michigan Funding
Keep toxic cleanups going

Detroit Free Press
June 26, 2008

Awkward is probably too tepid a word to describe the bind the state Department of Environmental Quality finds itself in by running out the clock on brownfield cleanup money without a backup plan.

Money from a 1998 Clean Michigan Initiative bond issue will be gone by Dec. 31, and the DEQ had initially hoped the next 10-year bond issue could go on the Nov. 4 ballot. But it has since become clear that no one has the political appetite this year to campaign for bonds, even for a program as popular and effective as brownfield cleanup.

The money has not only gotten rid of heaps of contamination, but spurred redevelopment in many places. Cities and many local chambers of commerce like it as much as environmentalists do. This time around, however, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce was not on board.


For the entire editorial, see


Lenny Siegel
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