The Public Interest Research Group and the Michigan Environmental Council have released a report ranking Michigan one of the worst states in the nation to violate the federal clean water act.
The report found that more than one-third of Michigan's largest industrial and municipal facilities violated the law at least once over a 15-month period.
The two groups blame lax enforcement by the state Department of Environmental Quality. A spokesperson for the DEQ says it has levied $4 million in penalties against water polluters this fiscal year alone.
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Source: www.epa.gov (Environmental Protection Agency Web site)