2017 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:49:56 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Michigan vapor intrusion funding
Poison vapor funds trapped in debate over how DEQ pays for cleanups

MLive (MI)
June 9, 2017

LANSING, MI -- A poison vapor protection program is gasping for breath amid a tentative deal to reform teacher pensions and debate among legislators about which types of pollution to clean up using a surplus of gas tax revenues.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality wants to investigate thousands of sites at risk for poison vapor intrusion but says it can't adequately whittle down the list without about $1.3 million that legislative leaders would rather use to pay for major changes to the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System, or MPSERS.

State House and Senate leaders took nearly $500 million out of Gov. Rick Snyder's fiscal 2018 budget proposal to set aside money for changing the teacher pension system. Part of the set aside included $2.6 million from the general fund the DEQ sought to create a program to investigate and fix vapor intrusion. 


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Lenny Siegel
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