While funding methods and visions may vary, most people agree a modernized transportation system in Michigan is needed.
With new roads and trails comes the need for sand and gravel. Michigan has plenty of both — we are one of the nation's top producers — but the mining needed to draw out our transportation resources creates a lot of air and water pollution.
When resources are mined, dust, soot and smoke are expelled en masse into the air. Scientific studies show these particles can cause lung and heart diseases and intensify the symptoms of those who already have them. Plus, when mines close after years of polluting, they often leave acres of pristine land in rubble.
Before we embark on major transportation infrastructure updates, we must fix the way we mine.
This legislative session, Democrats and Republicans have sponsored bills to regulate mines. They would strip the authority of local leaders from making decisions on where mines can locate, how they operate and how much they pollute. It is a shame, because residents often know their communities best.
In past legislative sessions, mining bills have failed to become law. This session will be no different. That's because a coalition of 10 civic, education and environmental organizations are advocating for mining regulations grounded in pollution protections and people-powered decision making.
Included in this group are Victor Dzenowagis, board member of the grassroots Metamora Land Preservation Alliance, and Sean Hammond, policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council.
Join Victor, Sean and MEC President & CEO Conan Smith in our June 25 Capitol Connection webinar to learn more.
Generously sponsored by:
Steve and Judy Dobson