Rally To Make Polluters Pay
Did you know that polluters in Michigan aren’t required to pay to clean up the contamination that they cause? We have let industries pollute with abandon, leaving our taxpayers to clean up the mess for way too long.
It wasn’t always this way. From 1990 to 1995, Michigan had a strong polluter pay law that required those responsible for contamination to pay for remediation unless they could make a legal case for why they were not responsible. This law saved Michigan taxpayers more than $100 million in clean up costs. That changed in 1995 when former Governor John Engler gutted the law, after lobbying by business groups like the Chamber of Commerce. Standards for clean up were lowered and the burden of proof of liability was shifted to the state and away from polluters. As a result, Michigan taxpayers are now paying to clean up corporate pollution.
This is unacceptable.
We need you to join us and stand up for small businesses, our families and communities across Michigan. Clean Water Action will host a protest outside the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Issues Forum in Lansing on Tuesday, May 21st .
What: Hold Polluters Accountable for their Pollution – Protect the Chamber of Commerce
Where: 600 S Walnut St, Lansing, MI 48933 (meet in front of the Chamber of Commerce building)
Date: Tuesday, May 21st
Time: 8:30am - 9:30am