Wednesday, August 10, 2005

We're in the news...

Hugh McDiarmid, staff writer for the Detroit Free Press phoned me last week with a few questions about the new proposed Homeowners' Rights legislation. Yesterday the article titled Pollution cleanup bill getting messy was published. He actually published my key points... DEQ is in backyards all over Michigan (not just along the Tittabawassee River floodplain) and MDEQ has too much power over our properties.

DEQ's response against Homeowners' Rights is 'Cleanups that involve such things as leaking underground gas tanks in the UP and swaths of toxic lead in Detroit's soils could become slower and more expensive if each individual parcel must be tested.' That type of response is typical of the scare tactics environmental extremists like to use to further their causes. Gas leaks and lead are proven dangers. Did the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality declare UP and Detroit residential properties 'facilities'?

Dioxin administered in massive doses to small animals causes certain physical problems. Some dioxins might possibly cause certain physical problems in some people who might be predisposed to certain conditions. There is no pocket of disease in the Tittabawassee River floodplain despite the fact that dioxins were in the soil for decades. Until Dow scientists created the technology to measure dioxins in infinitesimal amounts, nobody was able to even detect most of the dioxins along the Tittabawassee River floodplain. Now, after decades, because dioxins can be detected, it is a reason to call my backyard a facility. I don't think so!

and then DEQ spokesman said the MDEQ edict '...was not meant to imply that all 2,000 properties were tainted.' and they say 'roughly 400 properties in and near Midland are contaminated with Dow dioxin -- and are legally termed a "facility" of Dow...' MDEQ originally notified everybody along the Tittabawassee River floodplain! Then they changed their minds. Do you want your residence given a title based on the whims of DEQ?

My property is a 'facility' of Dow!!! Do you see how MDEQ has taken homes along the Tittabawassee River floodplain and said each one is a 'facility' and essentially belongs to Dow! Jeepers! I don't recall turning my property over to Dow!

Without legislation to control MDEQ's invasion of residential properties, these bureaucratic bullies would be allowed to continue their ventures into backyards throughout the state of Michigan. They already control homes built in the sand dunes, the wetlands, wherever there exists a drainage ditch and floodplains, whether they are really wetlands, floodplains or whatever... or not. They also control all the rivers, lakes and streams and even the underground water! It all depends how the MDEQ dictators choose to attack the homeowner on a particular project. As Ron Arnold says in the prologue to his book Undue Influence, 'The environmental movement is not what you think it is. It is not about the environment. It is about power.'
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