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[greenyes] Waste Management Asks Michigan to Subsidize Landfills


Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Waste firm asks state for money
Tax-exempt bonds would pave way to improve, expand Michigan landfills.
By Joel Kurth / The Detroit News

Michigan officials this week may consider a request to use taxpayer money to
help bring more trash into the state.
Texas-based Waste Management Inc. has asked the Michigan Strategic Fund for
$68 million in tax-exempt bonds to improve or expand 13 landfills, including
the state's busiest, Pine Tree Acres in Macomb County's Lenox Township.
It's a request that's infuriated environmentalists, stoked the ongoing
debate about imported trash and prompted questions about what economic
value, if any, dumps bring to the state. Mostly, it's igniting fears that
bigger landfills would bring even more trash into Michigan, already the
nation's third-biggest importer of out-of-state waste.
"This is one of the most appalling things I've heard in all my life," said
state Rep. Herb Kehrl, D-Monroe, who is sponsoring legislation to extend a
moratorium on landfill expansions from 2006 to 2010.
"State bonds should be used to create good jobs, not more trash heaps. What
kind of use of tax dollars is this?"
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