Environment

New: Michigan exploring options to seek higher court input on Line 5 battle

BY: - January 10, 2023

A “disappointing” jurisdictional ruling for the state of Michigan has left court proceedings for Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit against Canadian pipeline company Enbridge in the lurch. But as Nessel v. Enbridge goes on five months without new filings, the attorney general’s office is looking at all options available to bring the lawsuit back to […]

As another winter storm strains the electric grid, it’s time to fix transmission, experts say

BY: - December 31, 2022

The deadly winter storm, christened Elliott by the Weather Channel, that tore through much of the United States over the Christmas weekend placed a huge strain on the American electric grid, pushing it past the breaking point in some places. Frigid temperatures, in some places setting records, drove a surge in electric demand while also […]

On this day in 1976: Phil Hart, the ‘Conscience of the U.S. Senate,’ dies at 64

BY: - December 26, 2022

On Dec. 26, 1976, Philip Aloysius Hart, Michigan’s senior U.S. senator, died of cancer at 64. Hart, who was first elected to the seat in 1958, had decided not seek reelection in 1976 after his condition worsened.   The Democrat was known as the “Conscience of the Senate” because of his principled stance on several issues […]

Climate change, corporate polluters and Line 5: The Advance’s top environmental stories of 2022

BY: - December 24, 2022

Climate change, corporate polluters and Line 5: The Advance’s top environmental stories of 2022 Just because 2022 was a year dominated by political campaigns and election coverage doesn’t mean that other issues took a back seat. That includes no shortage of environmental issues, from pushbacks against environmental racism to the ever-shifting legal saga of the […]

Environmental enforcement has fallen off under Biden, report says

BY: - December 23, 2022

Federal environmental enforcement, as measured by Environmental Protection Agency civil cases closed against polluters, hit a two-decade low in 2022, per a report released last week by a national environmental group that blames budget cuts, staff shortages and the U.S. Senate’s failure to confirm key leaders. The Environmental Integrity Project said the 72 civil enforcement […]

New: Nessel says she’ll appeal Line 5 shutdown case in bid to move it back to state court

BY: - December 23, 2022

It has now been more than three months since any new documents have been filed in Nessel v. Enbridge, the 2019 lawsuit that is seen by many as the state’s last hope to shut down the nearly 70-year-old oil pipeline that lies beneath the Mackinac Straits after other suits have failed. That may soon change, […]

EGLE finds Kalamazoo packaging plant violated air contaminants rule

BY: - December 21, 2022

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) on Tuesday announced that it has issued a violation notice to a Kalamazoo-based packaging facility based on findings that Graphic Packaging International has violated state air quality standards. EGLE performed an investigation on Wednesday in response to a same-day complaint of foul odors coming from […]

After substation shooting, federal regulator orders review of security standards

BY: - December 21, 2022

Less than two weeks after gunfire damaged two Duke Energy substations in Moore County, N.C., knocking out power to about 45,000 people, federal regulators ordered a review of security standards at electric transmission facilities and control centers. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday ordered the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), which sets and […]

Nessel files suit against paper company for PFAS contamination in St. Clair County

BY: - December 20, 2022

Updated, 1:06 p.m., 12/22/22 Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a lawsuit Tuesday addressing the release of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by a paper manufacturer in St. Clair County.  The lawsuit seeks costs and damages from Domtar Industries Inc., a paper manufacturing company that formerly operated in Port Huron, and runs several mills in other states […]

Whitmer looks forward to restructuring government, FOIA reform next year

BY: - December 15, 2022

In a wide-ranging, end of the year roundtable with reporters on Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she is “optimistic” about the upcoming legislative session with a new Democratic majority. She spoke about a variety of issues, from embracing government transparency reform to supporting the idea of Michigan becoming an early voting state. It has been […]

Four tribes in Michigan sign new fishing rights agreement with state, feds

BY: - December 13, 2022

Four Anishinaabek tribes in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula have signed onto a newly revised deal with state and federal officials regarding tribal fishing rights in the Great Lakes, while one more tribe in the U.P. has offered its own fishing deal. The proposed order from the Bay Mills Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band […]

Scientists announce a fusion breakthrough with big implications for clean energy 

BY: - December 13, 2022

Scientists at a U.S. national laboratory announced Tuesday that they achieved fusion ignition, a breakthrough decades in the making that could have major implications for clean energy.  Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory near San Francisco said that on Dec. 5, for the first time anywhere in the world, they managed to produce more […]