environment

Conflicting versions of tree-spiking case overshadow BLM nomination

BY: - July 16, 2021

Updated, 1:14 p.m., 7/17/21 Tracy Stone-Manning and a former federal investigator during the past few days shared widely varying accounts of her involvement in a 1989 tree-spiking in an Idaho national forest, as the fight over the Montanan’s nomination to lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management escalated. Stone-Manning’s confirmation remains stuck in a divided […]

Detroit greenway named for Dennis Archer, former mayor and Mich. Supreme Court justice 

BY: - July 16, 2021

Mayor Mike Duggan announced on Friday that he has introduced a resolution to City Council to name Detroit’s latest green space the “Mayor Dennis W. Archer Greenway,” in honor of the former city mayor and Michigan Supreme Court justice. “Mayor Archer deserves to be honored for what he has done for this city,” said Duggan. […]

Community leaders launch coalition to fight PFAS contamination

BY: - July 16, 2021

The Great Lakes PFAS Action Network, a group of community members impacted by the toxic chemical PFAS, are unifying to promote action on PFAS contamination.  The Thursday press conference was led by community members who provided government officials and polluters with best practices to deal with PFAS. The community leaders also presented the coalition’s vision […]

Michigan reps. say U.S. House will vote next week on expanding PFAS regulation

BY: - July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress and Biden administration officials at a conference on Wednesday outlined how they’re attempting to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water — including an upcoming vote in the U.S. House. EPA Administrator Michael Regan, a former top environmental official in North Carolina, said the agency is currently in the process […]

As SE Michigan rebuilds after flooding, how can the state better prepare for future disasters? 

BY: - July 14, 2021

As officials in Michigan are calling for more water infrastructure funding after June flooding ravaged through Southeast Michigan, the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has released a report outlining policy recommendations to improve how states prepare for and handle natural disasters. State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Rep. Abraham Aiyash (D-Hamtramck) held a […]

State, Enbridge to conclude mediation in Line 5 lawsuit by late August

BY: - July 9, 2021

While it is still unclear when a federal judge will make a ruling on which court — state or federal — will preside over Michigan’s lawsuit against Enbridge to shut down its controversial Line 5 oil pipeline, a recent filing in State of Michigan v Enbridge offers a clue for the timeline. Canadian oil company […]

Trees: The critical infrastructure low-income neighborhoods lack

BY: - July 8, 2021

As the Pacific Northwest sweltered through a record-breaking heat wave last week, many residents here in America’s least air-conditioned city sought relief under the shade of cedars and maples in city parks. But in some areas of Seattle, that shelter was hard to come by. “If you look at aerial photographs, north Seattle looks like […]

Tribal citizens ask Biden to shut down Line 5 during Antrim Co. visit

BY: - July 7, 2021

A Petoskey-based, Indigenous-led water protector group said this week that its members approached President Joe Biden during his latest Michigan visit over the weekend and reminded him of their concerns about the controversial Line 5 oil pipeline. MackinawOde (Heart of the Turtle) members and allies attended Biden’s stop in Antrim County’s Central Lake in northern […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: National parks are America’s best idea. Here’s how we can make sure they survive.

BY: - July 7, 2021

“No, wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principal of civilization itself.” — Edward Abbey, […]

COMMENTARY

Dave Dempsey: It’s raining PFAS in the Sleeping Bear Dunes

BY: - July 2, 2021

Every now and then, an environmental news headline jumps out at you as though it was printed in 12-inch lettering on a newspaper front page or website. That personal reaction comes not because the news is a surprise, but because it is a symbol. “It’s Raining ‘Forever Chemicals’ in the Great Lakes,” said one website […]

‘It’s unbelievable’: Michiganders chide GOP lawmakers for leaving without passing emergency flood relief

BY: and - July 1, 2021

Greg Bowens, a Grosse Pointe Park resident, has spent much of the last several days in his basement trying to drain out water and sift through damaged belongings. Bowens is just one of many Michiganders attempting to recover from historic rainfall that hit parts of the state last Friday and early Saturday. The flooding hit […]

Biden, governors plan for ‘severe’ wildfire season in White House briefing

BY: - July 1, 2021

For years, American presidents have held annual meetings with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to plan ahead for the Atlantic hurricane season. In an era when the catastrophic impacts of climate change are accelerating from coast to coast, President Joe Biden on Wednesday convened a first-of-its-kind meeting to make similar preparations for what is shaping […]