Tag Archives: EPA

Bandit Industries reaches $3 million settlement with EPA

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A wood and waste equipment manufacturer in Mecosta County has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Air Act.

The EPA fined Bandit Industries $3 million for the violation. Company officials say they’re disappointed in the penalty. Continue reading

Enbridge Energy reaches settlement over Kalamazoo River oil spill

f369230151edf0a4e0101cbd111732a1It was announced this week the company behind the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, Enbridge Energy, will pay 177 million dollars for the spill.

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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

Pregnant women and children in Flint should continue drinking bottled water, says Flint medical society

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The Genesee County Medical Society this week said pregnant women and children in Flint should use an abundance of caution when it comes to drinking water.

The group said filters work when used correctly. But they say it’s better for pregnant women and children to be cautious, and drink bottled water. Continue reading

Congressman Dan Kildee is asking for the help from the U.S. Department of Defense in getting clean drinking water to Oscoda, in Iosco county

file000645083111Congressman Dan Kildee is calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to find an alternative water source for Oscoda residents who use well water.
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State task force puts responsibility for Flint water crisis on Michigan environmental officials

rick-snyder-mugjpg-446cf7790e6a2ea6Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has repeatedly claimed that Flint’s lead contaminated water crisis was caused by all levels of government. But today, a task force that he appointed called those claims “inappropriate official public relations efforts.”
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Conference to look at contamination issues near Alma

The city of Alma is surrounded by three contaminated EPA superfund sites.

In an attempt to educate the community, Alma College is hosting what it’s calling an Intergenerational Health Conference to examine the effects of living so close, to so much contamination.
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Former Flint Emergency Manager fails to appear before Congress

gavelFormer Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley failed to appear before Congress for a hearing on Flint’s lead contaminated drinking water this morning (Wed).

Officials from the U-S Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Michigan officials testified in front of a congressional committee in Washington.

Representative Jason Chaffetz chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He says Earley’s invitation to appear as a witness before the committee was not optional.

We’re calling on the US Marshals to hunt him down and give him that subpoena. Today we are issuing a new subpoena. He will appear and he will be here to do a deposition later this month.

Chafettz says Congress will also issue a subpoena for Susan Hedman…the former E-P-A manager for Region Five.

He says she is also expected to appear before the committee later this month.

Sea lamprey pheromone approved by EPA for battle against invasive species

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The Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month registered the first ever vertebrate pheromone biopesticide. The pheromone is one used by sea lamprey to alert other lamprey that they are looking for a mate. The EPA has approved the pheromone concoction to basically trick the eels so they can be killed easier
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EPA says Tittabawassee river cleanup is speeding up

The Environmental Protection Agency says by the end of 2016, it will be halfway done with cleanup of the Tittabawassee river.

Mary Logan is a spokeswoman for the EPA.

She said the cleanup is running ahead of schedule.
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German ship held in port

A German ship flying the Liberian flag is being held in a Great Lakes port while the Coast Guard investigates possible environmental violations.

The ship Cornelia traveled from New York to Minnesota. It likely traversed all the Great Lakes except Lake Michigan.

The Cornelia has been retained for over 2 weeks at the Duluth port on Lake Superior.

Lieutenant Pat Lammersen is with the Coast Guard. He said there’s not much he can reveal about the investigation.

“Outside the Duluth lift bridge in Lake Superior it’s anchored up, all I can say is that the Coast Guard is investigating the motor vessel Cornelia for alleged violations of U.S environmental regulations.”

Lammersen said the ship and it’s crew are not a threat to public safety.

“The Liberian flag vessel and crew are prohibited from leaving the Duluth until cleared by customs and border protection. Vessel and crew do not pose any public safety threat. Any speculation that the ship is being held in port due to safety concerns is not true.”

The ship’s crew is not allowed to leave the vessel until the investigation is over.

Tittabawassee River cleanup continues to keep community content

RiverLast nights Saginaw Community Action Group meeting with the EPA went well according to Dave Sommers, the President of the group. Community members gave their recommendations for cleanup of the next segment of the Tittabawassee River.

In short, they encouraged the EPA to keep doing what it’s doing.
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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative renewed for 5 more years

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It’s been five years since the federal government’s largest initiative to restore the Great Lakes was passed into law, and Congress recently agreed to fund the program for another five years.

According to Cameron Davis, the senior adviser to the administrator of the EPA, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is one of the few pieces of legislation that repeatedly gets bi-partisan support.
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St. Louis residents continue to deal with Velsicol health impacts

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Bench outside former Velsicol plant site

The former Velsicol plant site is surrounded by several community blocks where people still live.

Originally the EPA thought the contamination from the plant could be contained within the borders of the site. However, years after the initial cleanup, EPA officials determined this wasn’t the case. Continue reading

Curbing CAFO antibiotic use

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This is where Carey sends his cows that are either sick or injured.

Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFO, create countless pounds of manure daily.

This refuse, or rather what’s in it, is becoming a hotly contested issue between scientists and CAFO supporters. Continue reading