ARTICLES

Concerns rise over tainted sewage sludge on croplands

October 4, 2019
LAPEER — For more than 20 years, the town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer, while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere. Read More

Great Lakes water levels are rising

May 7, 2019
Water levels are surging in the Great Lakes and likely will set records this summer — a remarkable turnaround from earlier this decade that's bringing welcome relief to shippers and marina owners but causing flooding and heavy erosion in some areas. Read More

President Trump 'going to get' $300M for Great Lakes cleanup

April 1, 2019
President Donald Trump tried repeatedly to gut funding for a wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup, only to be stymied by Congress. Suddenly, he did an about-face. Read More

President Trump seeks cuts for cleanup of Great Lakes

March 12, 2019
President Donald Trump is making another attempt to slash federal funding that goes toward cleaning up major U.S. waterways, including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, even though Congress has thwarted his previous attempts, according to budget documents released Monday. Read More

State releases results of water tests for PFAS chemicals

February 26, 2019
LANSING — More than 60 drinking water systems in Michigan sampled last year had measurable levels of a class of long-lasting and highly toxic chemicals linked to cancer and a variety of other illnesses, according to state officials. Read More

Gov. Snyder signs bill allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

December 13, 2018
LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation establishing a panel to oversee construction of an oil pipeline tunnel in the waterway linking Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, while opponents insisted the battle isn't over and could widen from the state Capitol to the courts. Read More

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