Early last week I pointed out that the Governor had hijacked a $1 million settlement that Honeywell had paid to settle an environmental violation. According to DEQ policy, the money should have been used to fund clean water issues in South Phoenix. Instead, the money will be sent to the Western Governor's Association to fund Governor Napolitano's Western Climate Initiative.
ACC Commissioner Gary Pearce has written a letter to protest the DEQ move. I Com. Pierce's letter here.
The Mainstream papers have done a good job covering the Pierce letter. I'll start with Howie Fischer's story from the Tribune.
Napolitano pet project at center of commission member's complaint
A state utility regulator is lashing out at the head of the Department of Environmental Quality for agreeing to settle a pollution claim with money for one of Gov. Janet Napolitano's pet projects.
Here's the Republic's coverage.
His letter urges ADEQ Director Steve Owens and Attorney General Terry Goddard to reconsider the allocation and to develop a new environmental project in conjunction with Honeywell that would directly benefit anyone who lives or works in the vicinity of Honeywell's 34th Street facility, which is north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
(The cool thing is that when you Google the story, there are dozens of articles, but Espresso Pundit comes up first. That's because the Espresso Pundit story was on the web a full 48 hours before it appeared in the papers.)