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Re: apologies for bashed mail message
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- From: "Rebecca Leighton Katers" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 11:51:11 +0000
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Mr. Mc Clintock wrote, disagreeing with the claim
that agencies advise polluters to use loopholes.
He said, "The loopholes themselves, when they exist,
are usually found by the consultant or head-guru of the industry,
not the regulatory personnel.
If constrained by the law, the regulatory
personnel have few options...."
When Granulation Technologies, Inc. in Green Bay failed
their air test by gross margins, and DNR proposed
simply to raise their limits --- DNR staff
advised them to avoid serious permit
reviews and an Environmental Assessment by
pursuing a permit MODIFICATION instead of a
permit ALTERATION. This fine legal point based
on questionable assumptions might have been
missed by GranTech if agency personnel hadn't
gone out of their way to alert them. And DNR
staff made the choice to define the situation as
When we challenged them in court, DNR staff
became champions of GranTech and fought us every
step of the way when we tried to prove this new
permit was an ALTERATION involving significant
equipment and process changes. We wanted a full
Environmental Assessment, but DNR blocked us.
As another example, at a public hearing last
week, when we testified for the closure of legal
loopholes, DNR staff denied that
mining wastes are exempt from Wisconsin's
Hazardous Waste Rules --- when in fact they are.
They went out of their way to reassure the media
that we were wrong and mining wastes were "covered
under other rules" when they know those rules are
grossly inadequate and not equivalent.
Even though the DNR staff people and others might
think they are basically nice people trapped in
a bad situation --- this doesn't explain such
serious gaps in ethical standards. How can so
many 'nice' people deliberately mislead the
public? Where is their sense of honor?
Rebecca Leighton Katers
Clean Water Action Council of N.E. Wisconsin
2220 Deckner Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54302