Environment

EPA issues weaker cleanup rules for toxic PFAS chemicals

BY: - April 26, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued weaker draft standards for toxic cleanup at hazardous waste sites following pressure from the Department of Defense, the New York Times reported Thursday. The federal agency released a set of proposed standards Thursday that would do away with a section on how to respond to “immediate threats […]

Nessel joins fight against Trump’s coal plant, water, for-profit college rules

BY: - April 26, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined three multi-state efforts opposing the President Donald Trump administration rules on harmful air pollution, wetland regulation and “loopholes in federal laws” that may deceive veterans in school advertisements. Nessel’s office announced in a Friday press release that she has joined dozens of other attorneys general across the country in […]

COMMENTARY

Anne Woiwode: Whitmer must shut down Line 5

BY: - April 25, 2019

On Earth Day, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s visionary new Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) was born, bringing together the ambitious goals of protecting the Great Lakes, addressing climate change and environmental justice and enacting an agenda to quickly transition to a clean energy future. But just days earlier, it was reported that Whitmer […]

Green New Deal not backed by most Michigan Dems, Republicans in Congress

BY: - April 23, 2019

Michigan’s congressional Democrats all agree that something needs to be done about climate change. But most are not voicing support for the much-discussed Green New Deal from U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), stand alone as the only two Michigan […]

DEQ: New lead regulations will likely uncover more impacted communities

BY: - April 18, 2019

As multiple lawsuits stemming from the Flint water crisis drag on, Michigan may soon find that other cities have lead levels higher than allowed by state regulations. Top Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials told a panel of lawmakers Thursday that the state’s 2018 update to the Lead and Copper Rule, adopted under former Gov. […]

Ananich: Won’t endorse yet in Flint election, says Dems will work with GOP on roads

BY: - April 18, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich is nearing a full decade of service in Michigan’s Legislature, and he doesn’t mince words while looking back: “I think we’re going to look back at the tenure of [Republican former] Gov. [Rick] Snyder as one of the worst things to happen to Michigan,” the Democrat said when asked about […]

Enviros urge Whitmer to halt oil tunnel plan, as GOP lauds talks

BY: - April 17, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been in talks with Enbridge officials and is still not ruling out the Canadian energy company’s plan to bury a new oil pipeline beneath Mackinac Straits bedrock, the Detroit News reported. In response, environmentalist lobbying groups in Michigan are steering clear of criticizing the Democratic governor over the issue, but argue […]

Whitmer, Great Lakes governors oppose Trump’s water order

BY: - April 17, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and four other Democratic Great Lakes governors wrote a letter this week to President Donald Trump’s administration opposing an executive order over changes to water quality certifications. Trump last week issued an executive order easing energy regulations that also alters the Clean Water Act, making it easier to approve pipeline projects. Both […]

Enviro scorecard: Peters, Stabenow earn 100%, Huizenga, Walberg at zero

BY: - April 15, 2019

Michigan’s congressional delegation lagged those of the greenest states in the nation when it comes to supporting environmentally-friendly federal policy, according to a new report from the League of Conservation Voters. The report for 2018 — before this current term — offered consistently high marks to Democrats, but few to Republicans, including in Michigan. The […]

Water inspection in Michigan

State announces panel members who will set PFAS drinking water limit

BY: - April 11, 2019

A state task force announced on Thursday the members of a new panel that will determine drinking water limits for a suite of toxic chemicals. In a press release, the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) announced the three members who will determine by April 2020 the official drinking water limit for PFAS, or per- […]

U.S. House panel investigating DTE, other utilities, for industry group ties

BY: - April 11, 2019

Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. is one of eight utility companies under investigation by the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, according to a statement on Thursday by the committee. The committee, which is chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), is investigating the involvement of DTE and other utilities around the country with […]

Ex-oil lobbyist confirmed as Trump’s Interior secretary, Peters, Stabenow vote no

BY: - April 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist and former President George W. Bush administration official, to become the next U.S. Interior secretary. The nomination was approved by a vote of 56-41, largely along party lines, with Michigan’s two Democratic U.S. senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, voting against […]