New: State enviro panel recommends coal plants close by 2035

BY: - January 14, 2022

After a year of development and “thousands of hours” of work, the panel tasked with helping Michigan become carbon neutral by 2050 and combat the effects of climate change has released its draft plan for public comment. According to the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC), an environmental group involved in the effort, the plan is a […]

Benton Harbor water crisis is the ‘ultimate inexcusable repeat of history,’ 3rd lawsuit says

BY: - January 11, 2022

State officials’ decisions around the water crisis in Benton Harbor, including allegedly pushing off a corrosion control study, left “thousands of people to drink and use knowingly unsafe lead-contaminated water,” according to a new class-action lawsuit.  “It has been less than six years since the declaration of emergency that made the Flint water crisis worldwide […]

Enbridge seeks to dismiss expert testimony warning of explosion risk for Line 5 tunnel

BY: - January 7, 2022

While Attorney General Dana Nessel and Enbridge prepare to once again battle it out in court over the fate of the company’s controversial, nearly 69-year-old Line 5 oil pipeline, a regulatory fight is also heating up over Enbridge’s plan to eventually replace a portion of the pipeline and enclose it in an underwater tunnel. That […]

Line 5, lead, climate change and more: Here are the top environmental stories of 2021

BY: - December 30, 2021

As the last two years have made clear, environmental issues don’t stop or slow down for a pandemic. From twists and turns in the Line 5 legal saga to the state’s ongoing fight to purge lead from drinking water lines, here are some of the Advance’s top environmental stories of 2021. After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer […]

As snow and ice disappear with climate change, some Michigan businesses struggle

BY: - December 27, 2021

Jim Rudicil says West Michigan winters have been fickle since 1984 — the year he helped open the winter sports complex inside Muskegon State Park. The longtime executive director of the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park, formerly known as Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, and his team have made do with Mother Nature’s handiwork. But it’s […]

Haaland promises governors federal help for fires, drought

BY: - December 22, 2021

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland pledged federal resources and cooperation with governors from 19 Western states to tackle wildfire resilience, drought management, oil and gas cleanup efforts and other issues made more difficult by climate change. Speaking at the Western Governors Association meeting outside San Diego last week, Haaland touted funding for Interior priorities in […]

Nessel disappointed with ‘radio silence’ from Biden admin. on Line 5

BY: - December 21, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel said Monday she’s heard more from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet on inter-governmental Line 5 talks than she has from U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration. “I’m not personally aware of what those talks have yielded, if anything,” she said at a media roundtable in regards to discussions under the 1977 […]

Schumer vows U.S. Senate action on voting rights and social policy, as Manchin rift deepens

BY: - December 20, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday he plans to force votes on voting rights, a sweeping social policy bill and a change to Senate rules early next year — even as members of his caucus have made clear in recent days Democrats lack the support to pass those proposals. In a letter to […]


Rick Haglund: Will Michigan’s big tax incentive bet pay off in new auto jobs?

BY: - December 19, 2021

Michigan’s new economic development incentives, mostly designed to help Michigan better compete with other states for new electric vehicle assembly and battery plans, remind me of a hilarious scene in the 1996 hit movie, “Jerry McGuire.” McGuire, a sports agent played by Tom Cruise, is desperate to keep pro football client Rod Tidwell, portrayed by […]

Environmental groups reach settlement on Detroit incinerator 

BY: - December 17, 2021

Two environmental organizations that had planned to sue Detroit Renewable Power after air emissions violations at a city incinerator said they have reached a $10,000 settlement agreement with Detroit Renewable Power (DRP).  Ecology Center and Environment Michigan informed DRP in January 2019 of their intention to file a suit under the federal Clean Air Act. […]

Enbridge tries gambit to move state’s final Line 5 shutdown case to federal court

BY: - December 16, 2021

The plot has thickened once again in the ongoing Line 5 legal saga between Canadian pipeline company Enbridge and the state of Michigan, as Enbridge is now pushing for the state’s sole remaining shutdown case to be removed to federal court. Enbridge wants to see Nessel v Enbridge heard in the U.S. District Court for […]

Lead levels are dropping in Benton Harbor’s drinking water, new tests show

BY: - December 16, 2021

After years of dangerously high lead levels that have left Benton Harbor’s 10,000 residents unable to drink their tap water, the most recent round of state-ordered testing showed “a significant reduction” of lead in the city’s water, state officials announced Wednesday. Despite this decrease, lead — a toxic chemical that can cause brain and kidney […]