Category Archives: Environment

State orders Enbridge to fix pipeline through Mackinac straits

mac bridgeMichigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have told Enbridge Energy the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.
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Pro-wolf hunt petition headed to the state Legislature

WolfA petition that would allow future wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula is headed to the state Legislature. The initiative would allow them regardless of how two anti-wolf hunting referendums turn out.
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EPA estimates time frame for Tittabawassee River cleanup

CAM00113The Environmental Protection Agency held a regular meeting with Dow Chemical and the Tittabawassee River Community Advisory Group,or CAG, Monday in order to update the public on progress so far, as well as loosely lay out future plans for, dioxin cleanup.
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New program has officials ‘dumpster diving’ to increase recycling

A new program has officials looking in the trash for clues on how to improve recycling in Michigan.

On July 17 the Department of Environmental Quality awarded a total of $250,000 in grant money to three organizations increase and improve recycling. Read more

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DEQ says “no” to pet coke along the Detroit River

Oil PumpsState environmental regulators have said “no” to a plan to store the industrial by-product pet coke along the Detroit River.
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DEQ wraps up hearings on “fracking” rules

A member of the public sports a "No Fracking" sticker on her clothes as she testifies before a panel of environmental regulators.

A member of the public sports a “No Fracking” sticker on her clothes as she testifies before a panel of environmental regulators.

State environmental regulators will put the finishing touches on new rules regarding “fracking” now that public hearings have wrapped up. They expect to have the new rules adopted by the end of the year. But the state’s rules may not be the final word on the controversial drilling process

“Fracking” is a drilling method that pushes water and chemicals into wells to force out oil and gas deposits.
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Treated wastewater discharged into Saginaw rivers

A rainy weekend in central Michigan caused 60 million gallons of treated wastewater to be released into two Saginaw County rivers.

Officials say the treated wastewater was released from two treatment plants, into the Saginaw and Tittabawassee rivers, this weekend. They say the discharged wastewater is not a health risk to residents and was a result of heavy rains in a short period of time. Read more

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Study: Oil spill under Mackinac Straits would be “deathblow”

Oil PumpsNew computer modeling from the University of Michigan shows the possible effects of an oil spill under the Straits of Mackinac. It shows oil would spread widely across Northern Michigan shorelines.
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The DNR is seeking feedback on plans to loosen fishing restrictions


Water is one way Michiganders differentiate themselves from other states, and fishing goes right along with the territory. The DNR is now seeking feedback on plans to loosen bass fishing restrictions. Read more

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Michigan ag industry meets to talk sustainability, food safety


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Leaders in Michigan agriculture met Wednesday in Mt. Pleasant to discuss the future of sustainability and food safety in their industry.
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