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Genesee County awarded a 300-thousand dollar EPA grant to continue cleanup at a former GM facility

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More than a million dollars in grants have been awarded to clean up Michigan Brownfield sites.

300-thousand of that money has been earmarked to clean up a former GM facility in Flint.

Brownfield sites are designated by cities, as areas for cleanup and revitalization. Continue reading

Health officials testing sewer contaminated water in Grand Traverse Bay

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Health officials in Traverse City expect to know Tuesday, June 13, whether or not they can lift a public health advisory in the Grand Traverse Bay

Three-thousand gallons of untreated sewage leaked out of a sewer, and into a creek that flows through the Boardman River, and into Grand Traverse Bay on Saturday, June 11. Continue reading

Federal officials urge President Obama to ask Canada to consider alternative location for storing nuclear waste

SignSenators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters wrote a letter to the President asking him and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider an alternative location for storing nuclear waste.Right now the plan is to bury it in Canada near the shores of Lake Huron.

Senator Debbie Stabenow said the President and the Prime Minister Trudeau are scheduled to meet at the North American Leaders Summit later this month. She expects the nuclear disposal location will be discussed.

“ There has been a proposal put forward to put right on Lake Huron a disposal site underground site. On the Canadian side to store nuclear waste. And this is something that I’ve raised concerns about.”

The Canadian Minister of the Environment has twice postponed issuing a decision on the dump location. Since the most recent postponement, a new decision date has not been set

Beautiful sunsets caused by destructive wildfires in Canada

 Photo courtesy: Kai Petainen

Photo courtesy: Kai Petainen

Mesmerizing sunsets have been seen throughout the Great Lakes. They may be quite pleasant to look at, but their cause is rather destructive in nature.

Great sunsets come at great cost – in this case, it’s fires raging in Alberta, Canada. Continue reading

DEQ report looks at dioxin cleanup in Midland 

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After years of soil sampling and cleanup efforts – the Department of Environmental Quality has released a report on the status of the dioxin contamination cleanup in Midland.

The report is the final step of cleanup efforts after area soils were contaminated by dioxin from Dow Chemical. Continue reading

Schuette challenging Lake Michigan water withdrawal request

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette has sent a letter to Great Lakes governors challenging a proposal to allow the Wisconsin city of Waukesha to withdraw water from Lake Michigan.

The state attorney general has no formal role in approving or disapproving the request for a pipeline to Lake Michigan that would withdraw millions of gallons of water to replace the city’s contaminated water supply. Continue reading

Alpena County has received 850-thousand dollars for a dredging project in the Alpena Harbor

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Alpena County has received 850-thousand dollars for a dredging project on the Thunder Bay River.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers awarded the grant to fund a dredging project in the Alpena Harbor, which flows into Thunder Bay. Continue reading

Hefty petition rejecting nuclear dump hits the desk of Canadian Prime Minister

A new petition with nearly 100-thousand signatures, and over 30-thousand comments is calling on the Canadian Minister of the Environment to reject a nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron.
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Service day projects throughout Michigan are honoring MLK day on Monday

Photo courtesy of The Little Forks Conservancy.

Photo courtesy of The Little Forks Conservancy.

Monday may be a holiday for some – but some communities are hoping to honor Martin Luther King Jr. day as a time for service.

The Little Forks Conservancy in Midland said volunteers will be constructing seed balls with clay, dirt and plant seeds in the middle. Continue reading

Alma College hosting webinar on global and rural-Michigan sustainability

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On November 12, Alma College is hosting a webinar on global and rural sustainability.

The webinar will include a panel and interactive discussion about worldwide and rural-Michigan sustainability. Continue reading

Rescued raptors will be at Mid-Michigan Community College for a presentation

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© 2011 Paige Calamari

Isabella County community members have a chance to see hawks, falcons and owls close up Wednesday night.

A Birds of Prey presentation is being put on at the Mid-Michigan Community College Mt. Pleasant campus. Continue reading

Americorp: the domestic Peace Corps

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Imagine a group like the Peace Corps that, instead of focusing on international issues, puts its effort into domestic problems.
For example, instead of providing clean water for third world countries, they clean wells for low-income rural homes in Michigan.
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The DEQ awards several grants to protect Michigan’s Great Lakes coastal wetlands

The state on Monday, August 7th, announced more than $700,000 in grants aimed at supporting coastal projects across Michigan.coastal-wetland-tobico_marsh

Central Michigan University received the largest single amount at $100,000.
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St. Louis still recovering from Velsicol contamination

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T.S Nurnberger excavation

Dust and dirt settled around me in a mound the size of a mobile home when T.S Nurnberger Middle School’s practice football field was excavated.

The field is contaminated with chemicals that came from the Pine River. Continue reading

Canadian joint review panel releases recomendations

After two years of hearings and arguments, a recommendation was released Wednesday, May 6th, on building a nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron.

A Canadian Panel was tasked with assessing the proposal for a nuclear dump which would be run by Ontario Power Generation – or OPG.

The Canadian Minister of the Environment will review the panel’s recommendations and issue a decision on whether or not to allow a nuclear dump within the Lake Huron watershed.

We’ll have a more detailed description of the panel’s recommendations once the documents are made public.

To look at our continuing coverage of the dump, click here.

Earth week events encourage “hands on” learning


This is Earth week. It’s dedicated to restoration and conservation efforts.

There are several Earth-friendly events taking place this week at Central Michigan University, including one “hands-on” event.

It’s called “Pick up the Chip”.

It’s a service project aimed at cleaning trash from around the Chippewa river, and part of the Earth-week focus to reduce pollution and teach future generations responsible ways to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Rachel Ochylski is one of the organizers.

She said, “We really wanted to show the community that you don’t have to live near an ocean to care about marine animals and conservation of their habitat, and you can make a difference here in Michigan and right here in Mount Pleasant.”

Ochylski said event organizers hope to educate people on the importance of habitat conservation and reducing pollution.

Pick up the Chip is scheduled for Friday at noon at Mt Pleasant’s Island Park.

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Senate expected to vote on wolf hunt initiative

WolfThe Michigan Senate interrupts its summer recess Wednesday and returns to the state Capitol. It’s widely anticipated the Senate will vote on a measure to allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.

This would be the third time state lawmakers weigh in on the wolf-hunting controversy. The question was put to the Legislature this time by a petition drive. It would essentially circumvent two challenges on the November ballot to earlier wolf hunting laws.
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