Environment

Biden pick to lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife vows ‘collaborative conservation’ at agency

BY: - November 23, 2021

President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pledged last week to let science guide decision-making at the agency and to collaborate with government and private partners. Martha Williams, the former director for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Voters may have elected Biden to be ‘normal’, but they also need action

BY: - November 23, 2021

In the fallout over this month’s crushing elections, U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) took President Joe Biden to task: “Nobody elected him to be F.D.R.,” she snipped to The New York Times. “They elected him to be normal and stop the chaos.” Biden, of course, won a solid victory over Donald Trump, but nothing close […]

Whitmer directive: Michigan must accelerate plans to replace lead pipes

BY: - November 22, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive directive Monday ordering state agencies to ready plans to quickly replace lead pipes using an influx of federal dollars from the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The departments of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE); Treasury; and Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) must “assess strategies  to control the […]

Enviros, tribal leaders face right-wing, pro-Line 5 ‘echo chamber’ 

BY: - November 22, 2021

For years, Canadian pipeline company Enbridge has been pushing back against opponents of its controversial Line 5 oil pipeline by arguing that, should it be shut down, fuel prices would shoot up and propane supply would suffer. However, a shutdown doesn’t appear to be imminent, as Enbridge is locked in an array of court battles […]

Nessel, 18 AGs urge U.S. Senate to pass federal PFAS action bill

BY: - November 19, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel and a coalition of 18 other attorneys general are calling upon upon a U.S. Senate committee to take swift action to improve federal PFAS standards. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of toxic “forever chemicals” known to cause harm to human health, and can be found in drinking water, […]

Senate confirms first tribal member in history to lead National Park Service

BY: - November 19, 2021

The U.S. Senate approved by voice vote late Thursday the nomination of Charles F. Sams III as the first confirmed National Park Service director since 2017. Sams, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Ore., will be the first tribal member to lead the Park Service in the […]

House Democrats pass Biden’s $1.85 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ plan

BY: , and - November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats united around a landmark $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill on Friday, sending the major plank of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda to the Senate. Democratic leaders in the House heralded the 220-213 near party-line vote on the so-called Build Back Better bill, touting its provisions on child care, education, health […]

EPA: Two types of PFAS far more toxic than previously understood

BY: - November 18, 2021

The EPA released data Tuesday that suggests two types of PFAS are more toxic than previously understood, which could trigger a drastic reduction in what the agency considers acceptable amounts in drinking water. The data showed that PFOA and PFOS were found to cause health problems at much lower reference doses by thousands of times. The […]

Biden toasts new infrastructure law at GM electric vehicle plant opening in Detroit

BY: - November 17, 2021

President Joe Biden traveled to Detroit Wednesday to tout the new $1.2 trillion infrastructure package he signed into law on Monday while helping to celebrate the opening of General Motors new electric vehicle assembly plant.  The Democrat was given a tour of the Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center along with the chance to take an […]

Pungent odor near Detroit Jeep plant prompts civil rights complaint against state environmental regulators

BY: - November 17, 2021

Residents who live near Stellantis’ year-old Jeep assembly plant in Detroit filed a federal civil rights complaint against state environmental regulators on Monday, alleging racial discrimination for allowing the automaker to increase air emissions in the predominantly Black city. For months, a pungent, headache-inducing odor has been wafting from the Jeep Grand Cherokee plant on […]

Indigenous traditional knowledge to be included in US efforts against climate change for first time

BY: - November 17, 2021

For the first time in history, a presidential administration has committed to incorporating traditional Indigenous knowledge into the scientific, technical, social, and economic advancement of the United States. President Joe Biden pledged on Monday during the opening of the White House Tribal Nations Summit to be the first president to work with the tribes to […]

Suit alleges ‘deliberate indifference’ from govt. leaders over Benton Harbor water crisis

BY: - November 17, 2021

Updated Nov. 18, 12:21 p.m., with the correct location of Morgan & Morgan. A group of Benton Harbor residents filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad, and other state and city officials last week, accusing the government leaders of “deliberate indifference” and alleging they failed to adequately warn residents […]