Press Conference on the Latest Attack to Michigan’s Water: Lame Duck Out of State Radioactive Fracking Waste Dumping Bills on Governor Snyder’s Desk (Senate Bills 1195 and 1196)
Rev. David Alexander Bullock, Rep. Isaac Robinson, YAPAC and the AHRC Challenge Governor Rick Snyder to Protect Michigan’s Water
Hamtramck, MI – tomorrow Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 11 am, leaders will gather, at the Piast Institute in Hamtramck, to speak out against legislation that would allow for the increased dumping of fracking waste (specifically Tenorm) in Michigan.
Reverend David Alexander Bullock of the Change Agent Consortium is calling on Governor Snyder to veto these bills. Reverend Bullock advises, “In the wake of the Flint water crisis, Governor Rick Snyder has the opportunity to get it right before he leaves office. I’m sure we all have learned from the past that being proactive is more politically expedient than waiting for a crisis to develop because we failed to act. The governor should simply kill these bills.”
“While other states are banning fracking, Michigan Lame Duck legislators are telling the Radioactive Waste Industry to dump it here, this bill opens up the flood gates for the dumping of very dangerous chemicals in Michigan, putting our fresh water supply at risk”, warned State Representative Isaac Robinson (District 4 Detroit and Hamtrmack). Robinson is asking supporters of the bills, “Why should we be the dumping ground for radioactive waste from Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states?”
Imad Hamad, Executive Director of the American Human Rights Council, states, “Access to clean drinking water is a human right. With 20% of the world’s fresh water supply in Michigan, it is unthinkable that our legislature would pass laws allowing for the greater dumping of Tenorm in Michigan. We have a moral obligation to defeat Senate Bills 1195 and 1196 to protect all the people of Michigan.”
With Governor Rick Snyder’s input hotline shutdown, the community continues it’s call for Governor Rick Snyder to veto a list of lame duck environmental bills threatening Michigan’s Great Lakes and Natural Resources. A string of dangerous environmental bills including Senate Bills 1195 and 1196 have been presented to Governor Rick Snyder who has until December 31, 2018 to make his decisions.
For the past several years, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans, State Rep. Rose Mary C. Robinson, the Hamtramck Community Initiative, YAPAC, the AHRC and the Coalition to Oppose the Expansion of US Ecology – Detroit have opposed the transport of Tenorm into Wayne County. This bill will open up the flood gates for the transport of out of state tenorm into Wayne County and Michigan.
State Representative Elect Isaac Robinson (District 4 Detroit and Hamtramck) and local residents are responding by establishing a House District 4 Detroit/Hamtramck Defend out Water Coalition to address ongoing challenges with clean drinking water, excessive lead levels in Detroit and Hamtramck and the ongoing threat of US Ecology Corporation’s Detroit processing facilities which releases treated toxic residue into Detroit’s water system.
The meeting will begin with a press conference lead by Reverend David Alexander Bullock of the Change Agent Consortium.
Leaders will gather at the PIAST INSTITUTE located at 11633 Jos. Campau in Hamtramck at 11 am this Thursday, December 27th for the press conference and community discussion.
“With Governor Snyder’s input hotline shutdown, we are going to Twitter and Facebook to challenge him to Protect Michigan’s Water,” says State Representative Isaac Robinson
“While other states like New York, Vermont and New Jersey have banned or limited the dumping of Tenorm and fracking waste, Michigan Senate Bill 1196 would open the flood gates for Michigan to become the dumping ground for the worst chemicals known to mankind. With the right information, I am optimistic Governor Snyder will veto these bills.”
Robinson adds, “Senate bills 1195 and 1196 will allow for up to a ten-fold increase in the dumping of out of state radioactive waste here in Michigan. It is terribly disappointing the US Ecology Corporation has been able to cozy up to our elected officials and have had free reign to re-write our laws putting us all at risk. I don’t see the public policy benefits for Michigan in this legislation.”
What: Press Conference and Protest Against the Dumping of Out of State Radioactive Waste and Lame Duck Senate Bills 1195 and 1196 and the initial meeting of the House District 4 Detroit/Hamtramck Defend out Water Coalition convened by State Rep Elect Isaac Robinson
When: 11 am, Thursday, December 27, 2018 (Doors open at 10:30 am)
Where: The Piast Institute, 11633 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck, MI
Why: A string of dangerous environmental bills attacking our water including Senate Bills 1195 and 1196 have been presented to Governor Rick Snyder who has until December 31, 2018 to sign or veto them. With the Governor’s hotline down, the community wants to make their voice heard
Who: Participants in the Press Conference will include: Reverend David Alexander Bullock of the CAC, State Rep Isaac Robinson, Yemeni American Political Action Committee Chairman Sam Alasri, Hamtramck resident Rev. Sharon Buttry, Sister Barbara Beasley of the IHM Sisters Justice, Peace and Sustainability Office, Virginia Skrzyniarz, Executive Vice-President of the Piast Institute and Imad Hamad of the American Human Rights Council.
Opponents of Senate Bills 1195 and 1196 partial list:
Reverend David Bullock, Change Agent Consortium
Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans
Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree
Wayne County Commissioner Jewel Ware
State Representative Rose Mary C. Robinson (Detroit and Hamtramck)
State Rep Elect Isaac Robinson #4 (Detroit and Hamtramck)
State Rep Elect Tyrone Carter #6 (Detroit, River Rouge, Ecorse)
State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, #8 (Detroit)
State Representative Sheldon Neeley (Flint)
Hamtramck Councilman Anam Miah
Former Detroit School Board Member Herman Davis
Former Detroit School Board Member Tawanna Simpson
Superintendent Thomas Niczay, Hamtramck Public Schools
Alberta Tinsley-Talabi, Mack Alive
IHM Sisters Justice, Peace & Sustainability Office
Imad Hamad, American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA)
Yemeni American Chamber of Commerce
Hamtramck Community Initiative
Coalition to Oppose the Expansion of US Ecology – Detroit
Michigan Sierra Club
Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation
Yemeni American Political Action Committee
Common Word Alliance Clergy Interfaith Organization, Inc.
Ministry and Spirituality Centers for Humanity, Inc.
Yemeni American Committee
There are number of Michigan Lame Duck bills attacking the Great Lakes and our natural resources.
Lame Duck Environmental Bills of Concern include:
SB 1196 – will allow MORE out of state radioactive fracking waste (TENORM) to be dumped in MI.
HB 4205 – “No Stricter than Federal”
SB 1211 – Attacking our Wetlands, removing protections
SB 1244 – Weakening Toxic Clean Up Standards
The meeting will include:
1) a press conference Urging Governor Rick Snyder to reject lame duck bills that would allow more out of state radioactive waste to be transported and dumped in Wayne County and Michigan. Senate Bills 1195 and 1196 would specifically allow greater concentrations of Tenorm (fracking waste). The bills are backed by the US Ecology corporation who owns landfills in Van Buren Township and processing facilities in Detroit. Reverend David Alexander Bullock, Change Agent Consortium, will lead the press conference.
2) A discussion on the proposed expansion of US Ecology’s Toxic Storage Facility on Georgia Street near Hamtramck. US Ecology processes and stores toxic waste in Detroit and disposes the treated liquids into the Detroit Water system. ACCORDING TO THE MDEQ, NOTHING IN THE LAW WILL PROHIBIT US ECOLOGY FROM PROCESSING TENORM IN THE FUTURE AT DETROIT GEORGIA ST. SITE.
Reverend David Alexander Bullock, 313-917-3115, Change Agent Consortium
State Rep- Elect Isaac Robinson, District 4 (Hamtramck and Detroit) 313-739-5093, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Alasri, Yemeni American Political Action Committee, 313-308-7694
Mike Berkowitz, Legislative & Political Director, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
Office: 517.999.1305 Cell: 248.345.9808 email@example.com
Imad Hamad, Executive Director, American Human Rights Council, 313-790-8453 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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