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A Senator Responds....


From: Senator Debbie Stabenow [mailto:senator@stabenow.senate.gov]
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2005 4:37 PM
To: Tor H. Hough
Subject: Re: EPA Blending Rule Change

January 31, 2005

To Tor Hough,

Thank you . . .

. . for contacting me regarding your opposition to sewage blending and the negative effect it would have on the Great Lakes.

I share your views.

In November of 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drafted a proposal that would allow the release of partially treated sewage combined with treated sewage into non-sensitive waterways. The EPA argues that this would help take the strain off of municipal sewage treatment plants that have difficulty processing the amount of waste, especially in wet weather. Each EPA regional office would be given the authority to determine whether or not they would take part in this policy. In February of 2004 the EPA asked for public comment on sewage blending and received 98,000 comments against the proposal.

I completely agree that sewage blending is a threat to public health and our environment. While this proposal is being executed by the EPA, please be assured that I will keep your strong opinion in mind if legislation comes before me in the United States Senate.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to contact me whenever I can be of assistance to you or your family.


Debbie Stabenow
United States Senator

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It appears that Senator Stebenow has little or no influence on what could happen to Michigan's water environment. Is she in the U.S. Senate to only vote on issues? What pro-active things can a state senator do?2/1/2005 10:17:31 AM
Obviously we need to light a fire underneath the collective butts of our congressional leaders. If they won't respond in a proactive manner, then we need to. Use congress.org to voice your opinion. Please. Eric Hough2/1/2005 12:13:08 PM
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