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How could ending NAFTA impact Michigan?

file8741346369542President Donald Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, the ‘worst trade deal in history,’ saying he would like to either renegotiate the deal, or destroy it altogether.

The president has also indicated that he could impose a 20 percent tariff on goods coming into the U-S from Mexico.

Economists and local manufacturers are speaking up about the potential impacts those changes might have.

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Studies support site near Lake Huron for burial of nuclear waste

file00099675879An announcement this week from the Canadian company Ontario Power Generation says the best location to bury nuclear waste is about a mile from Lake Huron. That’s the result of recent studies.

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Scientist who brought attention to Flint crisis says city’s water quality is on the rise

file0001763074512A Virginia Tech professor released a study last week outlining the current quality of Flint’s drinking water and linking the use of Flint river water to an increase in Legionella cases.

In 2015 Professor Marc Edwards and his team helped raise the alarm about Flint’s drinking water.

CMU’s Ben Thorp sat down with Marc to talk about the study and the current state of Flint’s water.

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Enbridge responds to delay for Line 5 supports

Mackinac-01Enbridge Energy is reacting today to a state decision that delays company plans to install new supports on its Line 5 pipeline.

In June, Enbridge Energy, which owns Line 5, reported four spots that required additional support because of erosion.

The Department of Environmental Quality approved supports for those four spots, but delayed action on 18 others that Enbridge requested.

Environmental groups said they’re hopeful this means the government is getting serious about a line shutdown.

But Michael Barnes, a spokesperson for Enbridge, said that’s not how he sees it.

“We think that we’re all working towards the same thing and that’s to protect the straits and keep energy flowing into Michigan.”

Officials with the DEQ said they will delay a decision on the 18 additional supports until two studies on the risks of the pipeline and alternative ways for transporting the oil are completed. Results of those studies are expected early next year.