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Utility releases plan for 'cleaner energy future'

June 14, 2018
A utility that serves West Michigan will phase out its remaining coal-fired power plants and rely increasingly on renewable power sources and efficiency to provide electricity, executives said. Read More

Feds fine energy company $1.8M

May 4, 2018
The U.S. government has fined Enbridge more than $1.8 million after accusing the Canadian oil transport company of missing deadlines for pipeline inspections following a gigantic oil spill in southwest Michigan. Read More

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