By Tanya Cabala, White Lake Public Advisory Council
Decades of persistence by grassroots citizens has paid off for the White Lake area, in northern Muskegon County, Michigan, where the value of the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has also been clearly demonstrated.
The White Lake area, on the West Michigan shoreline in northern Muskegon County, was a sleepy, but scenic resort community when it innocently embraced the chemical manufacturing era in the 1950s. The people who lived there appreciated the good-paying jobs and newfound prosperity, but ended up paying a steep price when pollution from some of the companies damaged White Lake and put the community in the national spotlight as a poster child for pollution in the late 1970s.
Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a multi-billion dollar Canadian power company, is trying to build a nuclear waste dump underground less than 1 mile from the shores of Lake Huron. Some of the waste they want to bury will remain toxic for over 100,000 years. That’s longer than the Great Lakes have even been around!
Just before Mothers Day, hundreds of moms, dads, grandparents, and kids from across Michigan are coming to Lansing to show broad and united support for kids’ health. Together in a bipartisan, or MOMpartisan, setting we will demand action to protect the air our children breathe and call for action on climate change. Please join us to tell our state leaders that parents are paying attention and it’s time for action. Let’s unite for strong policies that protect the health and welfare of our families.