**MEDIA ADVISORY** Zorn, Sheppard to announce bills to stop deep well injection in Monroe County

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn and Rep. Jason Sheppard to announce new legislation designed to stop deep well injection of brine waste products in Monroe County.

Who:
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida;
Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance; and
Concerned citizens.

What:
Press conference to announce new measures that would protect the drinking water of residents of Summerfield Township and Monroe County.

When:
Monday, June 8 at 11 a.m.

Where:
Summerfield Township Hall
26 Saline St.
Petersburg, MI 49270

Brief:
Senate Bill 387 and House Bill 4694 would prohibit deep well injection in Monroe County, where karst topography exists and is within 25 miles of a major body of water.

Karst topography is a subsurface landscape formed by soluble rock, such as limestone. These formations allow easy movement of underground fluids, including injection materials that could return to the groundwater level and contaminate drinking water sources.

Current law requires both a federal and a state permit to inject brine into underground wells. Zorn’s and Sheppard’s bills target state law to effectively rule out siting such a well in these sensitive underground settings.

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