Meet the volunteers who have been passing out bottled water in Benton Harbor since 2018

BY: - October 27, 2021

By the time Carolina Gray began directing traffic at the bottled water distribution in Benton Harbor earlier this month, the line of cars stretched before her was long. Wearing a blue shirt emblazoned with the words “Clean water is a human right,” Gray ushered those waiting into the parking lot outside God’s Household of Faith […]

Feds launch long-awaited plan to combat PFAS

BY: - October 18, 2021

The President Joe Biden Administration announced Monday newly accelerated efforts to prevent and mediate pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of “forever chemicals” known to cause harm to human health. PFAS can be found in drinking water, soil and air across the country, and are a growing concern. As part of the […]

EPA knew fracking fluid can degrade into toxic PFAS, but approved it anyway

BY: - July 12, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011 knew that chemicals used in fracking fluid can break down and form PFAS — potentially contaminating groundwater and drinking water — but approved them anyway, even though agency scientists acknowledged they could be toxic. The New York Times reported the story Monday, based on documents received by Physicians for Social […]

U.S. House panel approves legislation to clean up toxic ‘forever chemicals’

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved major bipartisan legislation that aims to reduce Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals in air, water and consumer products. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, led by U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Dearborn Democrat and Fred Upton, a St. Joseph Republican, was approved 33-20 […]


Column: Biden’s Dearborn visit shows the need to tackle environmental injustices

BY: - June 24, 2021

Last month, President Joe Biden visited the Ford facility in Dearborn ahead of the release of the entirely pollution-free F-150 Lightning, which serves as an opportunity to take stock of what his presidency so far has meant for Michigan. The new administration has already taken bold leaps to get us back on track with climate […]

Advocate picked to oversee U.S. parks and wildlife pledges commitment to conservation

BY: - May 14, 2021

Florida’s Shannon Estenoz, tapped by President Joe Biden to oversee management of U.S. wildlife and parks, on Wednesday repeated the administration’s promises to increase access to outdoor recreation, use conservation for job creation and collaborate with states and private landowners. Asked by members of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at her confirmation […]

EPA closes loophole on toxic PFAS

BY: - April 29, 2021

Manufacturers of perfluorinated compounds, also known as PFAS, will no longer be allowed to use a special exemption that allowed hundreds of these toxic substances to be fast tracked into the marketplace. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan announced this week that the agency is closing the “low-volume” loophole. It allowed industries that agreed […]

Biden makes Granholm pick for Energy official

BY: and - December 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head the Energy Department, his presidential transition team said Thursday night. The Democrat also tapped and North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, Michael Regan, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department. The selections were announced as […]

Lawmakers want more federal help for Great Lakes erosion problems

BY: - November 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan members of Congress from the Midwest are leading a regional push to shore up the Great Lakes, which have been battered by coastal erosion in recent years. U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the dean of Ohio’s congressional delegation and co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, points to an Ohio-led effort to strengthen the […]

Nessel, AGs file suit against EPA for limiting state authority over environmental projects

BY: - July 24, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday that she has joined yet another multi-state lawsuit, this time challenging a President Trump administration rule that curtails state authority under a longstanding federal statute. The suit alleges that a rule finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 13, as directed by an April 2019 […]

Nessel calls for court-ordered emergency Line 5 shutdown

BY: - June 22, 2020

Updated with comment from Enbridge, 8:20 p.m., 6/22/20 Citing violations of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s longstanding agreement with Michigan, Attorney General Dana Nessel on Monday called for a judge to put an emergency halt to Enbridge’s operation of the controversial Line 5 pipeline. The motions for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction were filed […]

Dems: Trump’s environmental rollbacks harm communities of color

BY: - June 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — The President Trump administration is suspending key environmental reviews during the pandemic that critics warn could further harm poor and minority neighborhoods in Michigan and around the country.  Lawmakers and activists say the administration’s actions — meant to boost the lagging economy — could have disproportionate effects on minority communities that live near […]