Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Help protect the bay

Andy Knott - December 27th, 2007
Dear Friends of Grand Traverse Bay,
We know that you are busy during this holiday season, but we are asking you to take five minutes to send a note to the US EPA to ask that agency to take the most appropriate action to prevent a ground water contamination plume from harming Grand Traverse Bay.
The Watershed Center recently learned that ground water contamination from a Superfund site in Greilickville has reached Grand Traverse Bay. This was discussed at a US EPA public meeting on November 29 where various cleanup options were presented for the former Grand Traverse Overall Supply (GTOS) company, an industrial dry-cleaning facility located on Cherry Bend Road. We have since been communicating with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in order to get a better sense of DEQ’s water quality monitoring results at the site.
DEQ has detected low levels, below the drinking water standard, of cis 1,2 dichloroethylene entering the Bay down gradient from the site. According to EPA, long-term human exposure to high levels of cis 1,2 dichloroethylene, above the drinking water standard, can cause damage to the liver, and to the circulatory and nervous system. DEQ has also been monitoring for other chemicals that are part of, or suspected to be part of, the ground water plume including tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride and trans 1,2 dichloroethylene. These have not yet been detected entering the Bay.
The fact that even low levels of contamination have reached the Bay is a significant concern. Between the mid-1950s and 1977, the operators of GTOS discharged wastewater from laundering and dry cleaning operations into a dry well and lagoons on the site. This indicates the potential for 20+ years’ worth of contamination in the groundwater and we are likely just now seeing the beginning of that plume reach the Bay.
EPA is seeking public comment on the most appropriate method to clean up the site and comments are due by December 31. EPA’s recommended cleanup method is groundwater extraction and treatment and The Watershed Center supports this recommendation. However, EPA staff must take this recommendation to a Superfund panel within EPA that must approve this option and allocate funding ($1.8 million) to implement this option.
This is why public comment is so important! We must show EPA that there is significant public support for groundwater extraction and treatment so that the agency does the right thing.
Please send a letter or e-mail to US EPA.

Here are some key points to include in your comments:
Ask EPA to implement the groundwater extraction and treatment option at the Grand Traverse Overall Supply Superfund site in Greilickville, Michigan (labeled as Ground Water Cleanup Alternative 3 in EPA’s proposal for the site).
Ask EPA to design the cleanup to ensure that the entire volume of the contamination plume is treated and therefore the risks to ground water, Cedar Creek and Grand Traverse Bay are significantly reduced.
Ask EPA to enhance its monitoring activities on site to ensure that the cleanup is successful.
Ask EPA to discharge the treated ground water to the local public sewage treatment system, and not to Cedar Creek.

Personalize your comments, such as explaining why Grand Traverse Bay is important to you, and include your name and address. You can mail, e-mail or fax your comments. Send your comments by midnight on December 31 to:
Linda Martin,
Remedial Project Manager
US EPA Region V (SR-6J)
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Fax: 312-886-4071
Email: martin.lindab@epa.gov

More information about this issue, including links to EPA’s project website, may be found on The Watershed Center’s homepage at www.gtbay.org. Look under “Current Hot Topic.” Let’s give the gift of clean water to the Bay this holiday season. Please spread the word and ask your friends and family to also submit comments to EPA.

Andy Knott, executive director;
The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

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