KAREN TURNBULL: Vote to protect our environment


The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV), a bipartisan political voice for protecting Michigan’s land, air, and water, recently published the voting records of our State Representatives and Senators from the past two years.

Do you know how your representatives voted?

Before you vote for Phil Potvin, Republican State Representative for 102nd district, you should know his voting record on the environment.  He voted for putting more funds into the “Pure Michigan” advertising campaign.  Then he voted against the environment on nine bills.

He voted to weaken protection of Michigan wetlands (H.B. 4303).

He voted to weaken protection for extracting natural resources, even when local zoning ordinances restrict (H.B 4746).

He voted to prohibit the governor and state agencies to have more stringent regulations than federal regulations to protect the environment (H.B. 4326).

He voted to require the DNR to grant road easements through state land to private land, even if landowners knew it was landlocked when purchased. (H.B. 4298).

He voted to change composting regulations so that more yard waste can be disposed of in landfills – instead of being recycled for compost (H.B. 4265 & 4266).

He voted to remove shoreline protections between ordinary high water mark and water’s edge, which over time will have devastating consequences for shoreline wetlands (H.B. 1052).   Great Lake’s biologists claim that this law is illegal, but is great for developers.

He voted to weaken clean-up procedures where contaminated groundwater is venting to surface water bodies (H.B. 1090).

He voted to put a statewide cap on DNR land purchases, and a permanent limit on Northern Michigan land purchases (S.B. 248).

And finally, he voted to weaken oversight for underground storage tanks, and reduces frequency that DEQ may audit reports.

This is a broad summary, but you can check out the details of these bills at www.michiganlcv.org.   You can also look up Rep. Potvin’s history of putting groundwater in harm’s way in Cadillac as CEO of Western Concrete as was reported by the Ferris Torch at www.fsutorch.com/2012/10/03/news/potvins-illegal-dump/

Yes, Michigan is open for big business to come in and take,  with fewer regulations to keep our land, water, and air “Pure”, but more profits for business.  Seems to be a theme in Michigan these past two years.

Big business wins, common people lose.

Brendan Maturen, Democratic candidate for the 102nd district, has been endorsed by the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

He is a moderate who will vote to be a steward of our environment.