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Company to pay $245M toward cleanup of Kalamazoo River PCBs

December 12, 2019
TRAVERSE CITY — One of the companies responsible for polluting an 80-mile stretch of river and floodplains in southwestern Michigan with toxic chemicals will pay at least $245.2 million to advance a cleanup effort that began more than 20 years ago. Read More

Court rejects Nestle's plan

December 4, 2019
The Michigan Court of Appeals has sided against a Nestle water bottling company in a dispute over a pumping facility needed for a significant expansion of its operation. Read More

Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement

November 11, 2019
TRAVERSE CITY — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan. Read More

Judge upholds law allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

November 1, 2019
TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan legislators did not violate the state constitution with their decision to allow construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a waterway linking two of the Great Lakes. Read More

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