River Spills & Polluter Pay - Capitol Connection webinar

Southeast Michigan's Huron River (like all Michigan rivers) should be known as a prime place to kayak, fish, and take in the beauty of nature. Unfortunately, companies like Tribar Manufacturing continuously threaten these activities by polluting our water. Tribar's made the river's fish unsafe to eat by spilling chemicals known as PFAS, and in August it spilled the chemical hexavalent chromium.

Tribar is the most infamous, recent example of a company that is not held accountable for its pollution into our ground, water, and even neighborhoods. There are hundreds of contaminated industrial sites across the state and over 60 sites so bad the federal government has stepped in. Then there are one-off pollution instances, like the notorious green ooze that leaked onto I-696 in 2020.

In other words, industries are polluting right now, and the pollution they created decades ago is still present. Without accountability, change does not happen. Pollution will continue to be the same as it ever was.

Join Rebecca Esselman, executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, and Conan Smith, president & CEO of the Michigan Environmental Council, as we discuss what Tribar did to the Huron River and what allowed it to happen. We'll also discuss how "polluter pay" laws can both cut down on bad actors like Tribar and cut the amount of our tax dollars footing the bills for the destruction they cause.


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The Capitol Connection webinar series is generously sponsored by: 

Steve & Judy Dobson

October 14, 2022 at 11:30am - 12pm
Beau Brockett ·