Chem Hazards in an Emergency

This is an all-too-common scenario:

An industrial facility has caught fire. The fearless ranks of local firefighters, often volunteers, rush to the scene. But do they know what hazardous chemicals might be waiting there? 

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It is important to provide the first responders of our community with relevant data regarding the chemical hazards they might face on-scene. 


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When emergency services arrive at the scene of an industrial accident, they often don’t know what chemical hazards they will encounter.



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The Center for Effective Government has created an interactive map showing the facilities that report to a federal program, along with facilities containing large quantities of the nine common hazardous chemicals that report only to state programs.

Surprisingly, only about 15 percent of the facilities with these nine toxins at the state level reported to the federal program for highly hazardous chemicals.

Click here for the map and information from
the Center for Effective Government

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Sustainable Garden and Kitchen: Raw-Vegan Cacao Mousse

This column celebrates healthy soil, seeds,
and a 
local harvest.
In a world wired for fast food and chemically treated fruits and vegetables brought in from fields afar, we honor the patient work of the gardener, the farmer, and the imaginative cook.


This delicious raw-vegan mousse is actually quicker and easier to whip up than traditional mousse, and has a rich blend of nutrients, healthy fats, and antioxidants.


2 ripe avocados
1/3 cup local maple syrup*
1/3 cup raw fair trade cacao powder
2 tbsp. unsweetened nut, soy, flax or rice milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Slice avocados in half and remove pits. Scoop flesh into a food processor.  Be sure to get the dark green flesh closest to the skin- this is the most nutrient-dense portion of the avocado.

  2. Add other ingredients to food processor, and blend until smooth.

  3. Scoop into ramekins or other serving dish, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  4. Optional: When serving, top with berries, sea salt, or if you’re feeling adventurous, a little sprinkle of cayenne powder!

Serves 2.

*Local honey can be substituted for a non-vegan option.

This recipe comes from CACC Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Raymond.
Jennifer is co-owner/operator of Rock Road Farm and coordinator of
a community garden program in Clare and Gladwin counties of Michigan.
She holds a B.S. in Healthcare Systems Administration
from Ferris State University.
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Prop1 Don’t let May 5th vote pass you by

CACC encourages citizens to vote on May 5th.

As an environmental organization, CACC supports efforts to repair and maintain the often deteriorated roads of Michigan.


A characteristic Michigan road    [click to enlarge]


While as a society we need to move away from the 20th century model of transportation, as individuals we are stuck with the systems available to us.

This train uses magnetic levitation technology and connects the Shanghai Pudong International Airport with the city of Shanghai
This train uses magnetic levitation technology and connects the Shanghai Pudong International Airport with the city of Shanghai.     Trains like this could revolutionize travel across the Great Lakes Basin.      [click to enlarge]

Maglev bullet trains and electric car infrastructure will come to the Great Lakes one day … but they aren’t here yet.

In the meantime, we can’t just stop moving,
and many of the roadways in the state
don’t make for easy passage.

We need to focus on the here and now,
and passing proposal 1 may be the only
viable option at this time.


When a road is completely abandoned of all maintenance, it doesn’t take long for nature to reclaim the space…

This situation is detrimental to our economy, time, lifestyles and vehicles, but not only that. It’s also harmful to our environment – the very air we breath.

A bumpy road requires more fuel.

Potholes, bumps and rough roads add to the
friction between a vehicle and the roadway.
In order to reach the desired speed, a vehicle’s engine compensates for the added friction by increasing rpm, which
requires the use of more fuel.
That extra fuel releases extra greenhouse gasses.

Inefficiency is defeat.


Please research proposal one.

It is complicated on it’s own,
and it automatically brings into effect ten other measures.
See below for a brief explanation and a list of useful links.


Many Michigan residents would rate this road as “not that bad”

It is worth your time and energy to patiently consider every aspect of these collected measures, and how those aspects may effect your personal, immediate surroundings and situation.

While doing so, we hope you will remember to consider the paramount importance of a roadway system that makes for
easy and efficient transportation; not only for yourself, but
for the basic health of the Great Lakes Bioregion,
and the atmosphere of the Earth, home to us all.

Photo by Karen Freehl Losey

Photo by CACC member Karen Freehl Losey




“First, Proposal 1 would increase revenue for transportation funding by increasing the fuel tax to 41.7 cents or 14.9 percent of a gallon of fuel’s base value, whichever is greater. It would also require revenue from the fuel tax to be allocated to the transportation fund, eliminate registration fee discounts, increase heavy commercial vehicle registration fees and create an electric vehicle surcharge.

Second, Proposal 1 would eliminate the sales and use tax on fuel for vehicles altogether. This would offset some of the increases in fuel prices caused by a higher fuel tax.

Third, Proposal 1 would increase the sales and use tax on non-fuel items from 6 percent to 7 percent. Since the sales tax on fuel provides a significant portion of sales tax revenue, this increase would offset revenue losses to schools and municipalities, which depend on sales and use tax revenue.

Fourth, Proposal 1 would allow municipalities to finance road projects through competitive bidding. The measure would also require performance-based evaluations for state projects.

Fifth, Proposal 1 would increase the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit from 6 percent to 20 percent.”

Ballotpedia explanation continued…

Ten laws that will only go into effect if Proposal 1 passes

Anderson Economic Group Updated Tax Note with Appendix: Likely Effect of Michigan Prop 2015-1

MLive Editorial: Vote YES on 1 “There is no viable alternative”

Mackinaw Center for Public Policy evaluation of effect on Michigan Taxpayers

Governor Snyder tours state to raise awareness with small chunk of broken concrete off a bridge 

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