Environment

Whitmer taps engineering executive and Snyder adviser-turned-attorney for Line 5 panel

BY: - February 3, 2023

With a three-member state panel down to just one member in the new year after the others’ terms expired, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed two new members to the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority that oversees the proposed Line 5 replacement project. Environmentalists critical of the panel’s existence writ large signaled that they are dissatisfied with […]

Whitmer signs $1.1B funding for housing, small biz, jobs in earliest new session signing since 1947

BY: - January 31, 2023

Democratic leaders joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist in Lansing Tuesday morning for the signing of a $1.1 billion supplemental appropriations bill — the earliest a bill has been signed into law in a new session since 1947. Sponsored by Senate Appropriations Chair Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Senate Bill 7 provides a funding […]

GOP U.S. House passes bill opening more public land to development if reserve oil is tapped

BY: - January 31, 2023

U.S. House Republicans passed a bill Friday to force the White House to make more federal land and waters available for oil and gas development if the president orders the withdrawal of more oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The bill, passed 221-205, mostly along party lines, would strip the president’s power to remove oil from […]

USDA to use outdoors recreation to boost economy around national forests, grasslands

BY: - January 31, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture began planning this month to develop outdoor recreation opportunities near national forests and grasslands, part of a broader Biden administration push to help communities reap economic rewards from the growing recreation sector. Three USDA agencies — the U.S. Forest Service, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and […]

Nessel reaches $3.2M settlement in first PFAS case

BY: - January 30, 2023

The first settlement has been reached in Attorney General Dana Nessel’s ongoing legal fight against companies that have released toxic “forever chemicals” across Michigan, amounting to more than $3.2 million plus future costs incurred by cleanup efforts. Nessel filed an October 2020 lawsuit in circuit court alleging that Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, a plastic […]

Public lands near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters withdrawn from federal mining leases

BY: - January 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — After more than a year of assessment and debate, the U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday announced the withdrawal of more than 225,000 acres of public lands near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota from federal mine leasing programs. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland signed Public Land Order 7917, which […]

Affordable, reliable and sustainable: report compares utility performance 

BY: - January 30, 2023

A nationwide comparison of electric utility performance by an Illinois consumer advocacy group found that customers in states that are heavily reliant on fuel oil and natural gas, as in the Northeast and South, tend to pay more than those with larger amounts of carbon-free generation, among other findings. It also found that Michigan is […]

White House launches new push to help states remove lead pipes that carry drinking water

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced plans to speed up the use of infrastructure law funds to replace lead pipes in underserved communities, with a focus on Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin beginning this year. The four states, each led by Democratic governors, will be part of what’s called the Lead Service […]

States that limit business with banks that ‘boycott’ fossil fuels could pay high cost, study says

BY: - January 20, 2023

Republican state policymakers’ efforts to boost fossil fuels by prohibiting their governments from doing business with companies that take sustainability into consideration has the potential to cost states millions, according to a study released last week. Researchers looked specifically at the possible effects on Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and West Virginia if they passed […]

At global conference, Whitmer says Michigan is ‘upskilling’ workers for advanced manufacturing jobs

BY: - January 17, 2023

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told world leaders Tuesday during the World Economic Forum her goals to create and recruit more manufacturing jobs in Michigan as the state faces a mild recession this year. “You cannot assume that the industry alone will address this,” Whitmer said to a crowd of international business and economy leaders during the […]

U.S. House GOP would make it easier for feds to give public lands away to states

BY: - January 17, 2023

U.S. House Republicans included in the new rules for the chamber they passed this month a provision meant to make it easier for Congress to give away public lands. The provision is a fairly technical piece of the 55-page rules package. It affects internal House accounting and requires that anytime Congress were to give any federal […]

Harris joins Granholm, Dingell, Stabenow to champion climate change solutions in Ann Arbor

BY: - January 12, 2023

“Our responsibility now … is to continue with this moment and lead, not wasting a minute, because we don’t have a minute to spare,” Vice President Kamala Harris told a large audience Thursday in University of Michigan’s Rackham Auditorium. Harris flew out to Ann Arbor to keynote the politician-studded event on climate change and social […]