Target: Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder
Goal: Stop importing radioactive fracking byproduct into Michigan for burial
As fracking has unfortunately continued as a means to reap fuels from the earth, many states are implementing regulations for the disposal of hazardous fracking byproducts. These regulations have inspired fracking companies to explore alternatives in order to dump this waste. Michigan has become attractive to these companies as the state allows importing radioactive waste for burial in their landfills.
It was recently discovered that 30-40 tons of byproduct material rejected from landfills in Pennsylvania and West Virginia was going to be transported for burial in a landfill 35 miles from Detroit. The danger of this material and possible contamination of drinking water is very much on the minds of the community and environmentalists concerned with the natural beauty this state advertises in tourist commercials. A huge concern is that if Michigan continues accepting radioactive byproducts from other states whose regulators are more determined to apply such regulations, just how much of this waste product will enter Michigan and how will the state adequately handle this hazardous and potentially dangerous levels of refuse?
Governor Rick Snyder has ordered a panel to study the standards of disposal of such fracking waste within Michigan. Regrettably, this panel will include members from the oil and gas industry and waste disposal industry as well as environmentalists and scientists. As these industries have a vested interest in profiting from such importation, one may expect their findings to suit such purpose. Michigan already has its own share of waste materials from in-state fracking and by no means should waste companies be given the green light to litter this state with radioactivity as they wish. Tell Governor Snyder to impose a ban on importing radioactive materials into the state.
Dear Governor Snyder,
While I support your decision to assemble a review panel to study the standards of disposal for Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials, better known by laymen as fracking byproduct, this study should rightly concentrate on the current levels of this hazardous material already present in Michigan from in-state fracking practices.
You must ban any importation of this type of waste from other states for burial in Michigan landfills. By allowing this material to be shipped from other states, you are encouraging Michigan to be used as a dumping ground, a repository for waste refused by regulations of the state it originated from. Such conditions can only encourage the amount of imported radioactive refuse to increase in the future.
Protect your citizens, their drinking water and the beauty that is Michigan and ban imported fracking byproducts from entering your state.
[Your Name Here]
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