Environment

Environmentalists scoff as Upton helps launch GOP conservation club

BY: - July 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) on Wednesday joined his GOP colleagues on Capitol Hill in announcing the formation of a new conservation caucus.  The kickoff of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus comes after President Trump gave a widely criticized speech this week touting his administration’s environmental record and as Republican lawmakers appear increasingly […]

Miller, Allor attend White House environmental speech

BY: - July 8, 2019

President Donald Trump on Monday delivered a speech touting his record on the environment, despite widespread criticism from a host of environmental groups over his administration’s policies, such as embracing fossil fuels and eschewing wind and solar energy. Several Michigan officials attended, including Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, a GOP former member of […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Rick Snyder shows that civility is the last refuge of a scoundrel

BY: - July 8, 2019

Hell hath no fury like a rich white man scorned, even in the face of a major American city being poisoned.  Former Gov. Rick Snyder’s place in history is presiding over the Flint water crisis, something for which even a panel he appointed blamed his administration. Progressives long warned that there were severe risks with […]

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Air Force agrees to additional PFAS cleanup in Oscoda

BY: - July 2, 2019

The U.S. Air Force has agreed to install an additional groundwater treatment system in Oscoda as it continues a years-long investigation into pollution from the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. In addition to the new system and the interim pumps the Air Force already has been operating in Oscoda, the Air Force also will broaden […]

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Michigan members of Congress visit Asian carp ‘choke point’

BY: - July 1, 2019

A bipartisan group of Congressional lawmakers on Monday toured a critical “choke point” stopping invasive Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.), along with U.S. Reps. Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), John Moolenaar (R-Midland), Andy Levin […]

AG’s office has seized almost 20 million new docs in Flint water investigation

BY: - June 29, 2019

Updated, 2:26 p.m. 6/29/19 At a Friday night town hall in Flint, Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced they’ve seized almost 20 million pieces of new evidence in the now more than three-year-old criminal investigation of the city’s water crisis. Hammoud and Worthy said that only about 1% of the […]

Legal experts say Flint water crisis trials could be delayed for years

BY: - June 28, 2019

When Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office announced earlier this month that it would drop all charges brought in the criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis, it made national headlines — and shocked the city’s residents, who have waited half a decade for justice. Now, as Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym […]

Militia threats just paralyzed Oregon’s legislature. The movement’s roots in Michigan run deep.

BY: - June 28, 2019

Updated 12:11 p.m. Oregon’s legislature grabbed some unwanted national headlines this week, as Republican state senators fled the state to avoid voting on a cap-and-trade carbon emissions bill — issuing a thinly veiled threat of violence against the state police that caused anti-government militia groups to flock to his support.* “Send bachelors and come heavily […]

State panel proposes nation’s toughest drinking water limit for 2 toxic chemicals

BY: - June 27, 2019

A panel of experts put together by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proposed the nation’s most stringent drinking water limits for two chemicals in a suite of thousands of man-made, toxic substances. The panel submitted on Thursday its recommendation to the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART), which suggested drinking water limits for a handful of […]

Nessel asks court to shut down Line 5, dismiss Enbridge lawsuit

BY: - June 27, 2019

Updated 2:50 p.m. with a letter from Senate Republicans Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday that her office has filed a lawsuit seeking to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Nessel, who made decommissioning the oil pipeline a central promise of her 2018 campaign, asked the Ingham County Circuit […]

Michigan lawmakers seize critical defense bill to tackle PFAS in drinking water

BY: - June 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — Michigan lawmakers on Capitol Hill are eyeing must-pass defense legislation as a vehicle to crack down on dangerous chemicals that contaminate drinking water across the state. Lawmakers in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House want to force the government to do more to study, regulate and clean up the ubiquitous and […]

Whitmer admin. pledges ‘transparency’ on clean water

BY: - June 26, 2019

Just days after signing a spending bill that allocates $3 million to implement new drinking water rules, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she wants the public to be informed about the dangers of lead pipes. Like other initiatives Whitmer has undertaken in her first year in office, this new awareness campaign has its roots in the […]