Many States now provide deed restrictions, limiting further activities which may increase contamination at a site and avoiding the migration of contamination off the site. In a recent letter to The Muskegon Chronicle, the writer asks why there are deed restrictions and is there something that is being "hidden". To the contrary, deed restrictions publically notify all of the contamination and how the contamination is being controlled.
Why do we accept as fact that "deed restrictions" prevent the public from knowing what’s going on and around this property? Why aren’t tougher questions being asked?
Along similar lines, how is it that deed restrictions can possibly prevent all future owners in perpetuity from using the property for anything but "only for industrial purposes"? How could Sappi have possibly constructed an agreement that would prevent them from having any responsibility for pollution on the property by getting such a restriction? Sappi is now long gone and here our children and we are holding the legacy of a former absentee landowner. Didn’t our community leaders know or have some inkling that this potential restriction existed prior to the sale to Melching? There must be some very wealthy lawyers that got that language through! So where were our community leaders when this all came about? Did they not have concerns and some stake in how the property was sold, to whom and for what intended purposes? Were any of them asking the tough questions or were they just happy to see "something" occur that "might" bring more jobs to the community?