Every year, hundreds of commercial ships make their way through the St. Lawrence seaway, taking on and letting out water to maintain stability as they load and unload cargo. This ballast water is regulated to prevent the spread of invasive species, but there is some disagreement about who should be in charge of those regulations.
How will a Trump administration impact the Great Lakes? The president-elect has vowed to de-fund the Environmental Protection Agency, and some advocates are concerned about his commitment to the environment.
After years of debate, the EPA has decided to cap and consolidate hazardous waste at Kalamazoo’s Allied Paper Landfill. Several residents wanted all of the waste removed from the Superfund site.
Others suggested hiring the bioremediation company BioPath Solutions – which uses microbes to neutralize toxic chemicals. Michael Berkhoff is the EPA’s remedial project manager for Allied. He says BioPath Solutions could not prove to the EPA that their product works on PCBs.
The EPA’s record of decision released Friday calls for consolidating about half the contaminated soil into a capped mound in the middle of the site. This would allow room for industrial or commercial business – which the City of Kalamazoo advocated for last year.
Once the work starts, the agency expects the 63 million dollar project will take three years to complete.
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
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
President Obama has ordered an inquiry into how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) handles information that could affect the public health.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded over $5 million in grants to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes.