Governor Snyder wants higher landfill fee for cleanup programs

January 31, 2018
LANSING — Governor Rick Snyder has proposed a steep rise in Michigan's fee for taking waste to landfills, saying it would generate $79 million annually for the cleanup of contaminated sites and other environmental programs. Read More

First-ever tally finds about 465 bee species in Michigan

December 8, 2017
TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan is home to about 465 bee species, according to a first-ever census that scientists hope will provide information helpful for conserving the insects, which perform the vital chore of pollinating crops and wild plants. Read More

Agency says US and Canada fall short on protecting Great Lakes

December 1, 2017
TRAVERSE CITY — Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said. Read More

Energy company reaches $176M settlement for oil spill

July 20, 2016
An energy company has reached a $176-million settlement for the costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history — a pipeline rupture that polluted a nearly 40-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River. Read More

Great Lakes partnership buoys foreign investment

May 2, 2014
An organization representing the eight states and two Canadian provinces that surround the Great Lakes has announced a partnership with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to recruit foreign manufacturing investment to the region. Read More

Great Lakes rise, but slump hasn't ended

December 26, 2013
Abundant rain and snowfall have given the Great Lakes a boost this year, but it's too early to declare an end to slumping water levels that have plagued the inland seas since the late 1990s and made life miserable for cargo shippers and marina operators, federal scientists said. Read More

DEQ proposes Michigan fracking regulations

October 23, 2013
LANSING — Companies using a procedure called hydraulic fracturing to pull oil and natural gas from deep underground in Michigan would have to take extra steps to protect ground and surface waters under regulations outlined Tuesday. Read More

Federal installations re-open across Michigan

October 18, 2013
From the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to national parks in the Upper Peninsula, federal installations across Michigan were re-opening Thursday after Congress reached a budget deal ending a 16-day partial government shutdown. Read More

Michigan feels federal shutdown

October 2, 2013
After a tiring journey from Los Angeles to Detroit for a wedding, David Zorn and Jennifer Li were looking forward to a few days of camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan. Instead, their visit was cut short Tuesday as the park closed, because of the federal government shutdown. Read More

National Wildlife Federation sues EPA over invasive species regulations

July 10, 2013
TRAVERSE CITY — An environmental group is suing the federal government, seeking tougher rules dealing with ballast water discharges from ships to prevent more invasive species from reaching U.S. waterways, including the Great Lakes. Read More