Environment & Science http://michiganradio.org en State orders Enbridge to fix pipeline through Mackinac straits http://michiganradio.org/post/state-orders-enbridge-fix-pipeline-through-mackinac-straits <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the state Department of Environmental Quality have sent a warning letter to Enbridge Energy. It says the company has to do a better job of securing an oil pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We just want to make sure that this pipeline’s going to be safe," said Dan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Wyant,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;director of the </span>DEQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He says a leak in the pipeline would have implications throughout the Great Lakes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“A lot of concern about this pipeline. Sixty years it’s been safe, but we’re in a position, Attorney General </span>Schuette<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, I as the chief environmental officer of this state, to ensure we don’t have a problem on this pipeline,” he said.</span></p><p>Enbridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> quickly responded it would add more anchors to its pipeline. Four years ago, a break in an </span>Enbridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> pipe dumped about a million of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:46:20 +0000 Rick Pluta 18510 at http://michiganradio.org State orders Enbridge to fix pipeline through Mackinac straits After 4 years, major cleanup on the Kalamazoo River coming to a close http://michiganradio.org/post/after-4-years-major-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-coming-close <div><p>It's been four years since the Enbridge pipeline Line 6B broke, creating the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history.</p></div><div>More than a million gallons of tar sands oil have been cleaned up from Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. This summer, crews are dredging areas of Morrow Lake.</div><div><p></p><p>Steve Hamilton is a professor of ecosystem ecology at the Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University. He’s served as an independent scientific advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency throughout the cleanup. I talked with him for today's Environment Report.</p><p>A few years ago, right in the heart of the cleanup, an EPA official said the agency was "writing the book" on how to remove tar sands oil from the bottom of a river.</p></div><div><p>Hamilton agrees: "First, before it even got to the bottom, we learned that in the first year, it stuck to surfaces of plants and debris that made a tarry mess that largely had to be manually removed."&nbsp;</p><p>He says it was the removal of the submerged oil that made the cleanup last as long as it has.</p><p>"It is so incredibly difficult to remove submerged oil from a complex river, extending over nearly 40 miles."</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:17:48 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18497 at http://michiganradio.org After 4 years, major cleanup on the Kalamazoo River coming to a close Scientists find algae bloom near Maumee River http://michiganradio.org/post/scientists-find-algae-bloom-near-maumee-river <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Scientists are working to identify an algae bloom near the Maumee River.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">It's a yearly event that occurs during the warm summer months.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:26:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18476 at http://michiganradio.org Scientists find algae bloom near Maumee River Carbon tax finds bipartisan support when funds are delegated to a specific cause http://michiganradio.org/post/carbon-tax-finds-bipartisan-support-when-funds-are-delegated-specific-cause <p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:44:13 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18462 at http://michiganradio.org Carbon tax finds bipartisan support when funds are delegated to a specific cause Groups sue MDEQ over air permit granted to large steel plant http://michiganradio.org/post/groups-sue-mdeq-over-air-permit-granted-large-steel-plant <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Citizen groups are suing the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality over an air permit it granted to a Dearborn steel plant.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:22:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18463 at http://michiganradio.org Groups sue MDEQ over air permit granted to large steel plant Cleanup continues four years after the Enbridge Energy oil spill in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/cleanup-continues-four-years-after-enbridge-energy-oil-spill-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week marks four years since a pipeline operated by </span>Enbridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Energy burst. It was a segment of Line </span>6B<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> located just downstream from the pump station in Marshall.</span></p><p>The result? More than 1,000,000 gallons of oil have been recovered from&nbsp;Talmadge&nbsp;Creek and the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>Michigan Radio's West Michigan reporter Lindsey Smith and The Environment Report’s Rebecca Williams joined Stateside to talk about the effects of the spill four years later.</p><p>The spill affected about 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River, from Marshall downstream close to Kalamazoo. The bulk of the oil has been cleaned up. Smith said the river is still useable; you can swim, fish, and do other things that you could do before the spill.&nbsp;</p><p>However, cleanup is still going on. The EPA is dredging Morrow Lake this summer and there are still areas of the river that are closed. Williams said there might always be some oil left in the area.</p><p>“What agencies here in Michigan have said is that you often don’t want to take all the oil out of sensitive habitats because you could end up doing more damage,” Williams said.</p><p>Smith said the dredging process can be very invasive and hurt a lot of habitats. After the ordered dredging is over, there will be more passive collection, that won’t be as harsh on the environment.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:11:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 18464 at http://michiganradio.org Cleanup continues four years after the Enbridge Energy oil spill in Michigan MSU's Abrams Planetarium's 50th Anniversary http://michiganradio.org/post/msus-abrams-planetariums-50th-anniversary <p></p><p>It's the 50th anniversary of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University.</p><p>Those five decades have seen enormous changes in America's space program and in the way we think of space.</p><p>Shannon Schmoll, the director of MSU's Abrams Planetarium, said that planetariums have evolved and changed a lot through the last five decades, and a lot of those changes are seen in technology. Schmoll said the ability to use digital projection allows planetariums to show things beyond earth.</p><p>“We can fly out to Mars and can actually fly through Valles Marineris, which is a canyon on Mars about the size of the United States,” she said. “So we can actually travel the universe, so to speak, which is very exciting,” she said.</p><p>Schmoll said the knowledge that has been acquired over the decades provides planetariums with a lot more excitement.</p><p>“We still have people who come in and they have tons of questions about what’s going on in space. They want to know what’s going on with Hubble, what’s going on with the new missions,” she said. “ It’s a sense of wonder that just never goes away with what’s out there."</p><p><em>*Listen to the full story above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:58:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 18455 at http://michiganradio.org MSU's Abrams Planetarium's 50th Anniversary DEQ says “no” to pet coke along the Detroit River http://michiganradio.org/post/deq-says-no-pet-coke-along-detroit-river <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State environmental officials have rejected a plan to allow piles of petroleum coke to be stored at a location along the Detroit River.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pet coke is an oil refinery by-product that’s used as an industrial fuel.</span></p><p>The state Department of Environmental Quality said the proposal by Detroit Bulk Storage did not address problems with blowing black dust.</p><p>Complaints about dust plumes were among the reasons why Detroit ordered the open piles of pet coke removed from a riverfront location in the city.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:40:19 +0000 Rick Pluta 18425 at http://michiganradio.org DEQ says “no” to pet coke along the Detroit River Public hearings on proposed "fracking" rules wraps up, ballot campaign could follow http://michiganradio.org/post/public-hearings-proposed-fracking-rules-wraps-ballot-campaign-could-follow <p>State environmental regulators will put the finishing touches on new rules regarding “fracking” now that public hearings have wrapped up. They expect to have the new rules adopted by the end of the year, but the state’s rules may not be the final word on the controversial drilling process</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Fracking”</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a drilling method that pushes water and chemicals into wells to force out oil and gas deposits.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:58:15 +0000 Rick Pluta 18415 at http://michiganradio.org Public hearings on proposed "fracking" rules wraps up, ballot campaign could follow Climate change fueling increase in pollen, allergies http://michiganradio.org/post/climate-change-fueling-increase-pollen-allergies <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">If even hearing the word “ragweed” makes your eyes water, you might be one of the nearly 45 million Americans with seasonal allergies. Researchers say climate change is fueling the rise in allergies and asthma.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f3e036ce-44ab-0742-a91e-73e0093707be"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Jenny Fischer has been taking over-the-counter medication for allergies for a long time. Without it, she suffers cold-like symptoms: a runny nose, sneezing and congestion. An allergy pill usually made it better. But a couple of years ago, things started to get worse.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f3e036ce-44ab-0742-a91e-73e0093707be"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">“I’d be out at 5:30 in the morning walking my dog, and it would just be huffing and puffing. And, you know, I couldn’t catch my breath. It's scary," she said.</span></span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:38:51 +0000 Julie Grant 18409 at http://michiganradio.org Climate change fueling increase in pollen, allergies Researchers predict smaller algae problem in Lake Erie this year http://michiganradio.org/post/researchers-predict-smaller-algae-problem-lake-erie-year <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.365000057220459;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.365000057220459; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The forecast is in: the green goo will be back on Lake Erie this year, but it won’t be as bad as last year. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.365000057220459; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">The big, ugly algal blooms happen when excess nutrients — mostly phosphorus — run off into the lake from farms and sewage treatment plants. </span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.365000057220459; background-color: transparent;">Some of these kinds of </span><a href="http://www2.epa.gov/nutrient-policy-data/cyanobacterial-harmful-algal-blooms-cyanohabs" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.365000057220459; background-color: transparent;">algae produce toxins</a><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.365000057220459; background-color: transparent;"> can harm pets and make the water unsafe to drink.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.365000057220459;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-68747343-3a61-b6d4-3f75-b7528245c33b"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Rick Stumpf is an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He says they’re predicting this year’s bloom in Lake Erie will be significant, but not as bad as it has been in recent years. The blooms reached a record level in 2011.</span></span><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"></span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18377 at http://michiganradio.org Researchers predict smaller algae problem in Lake Erie this year DEQ holding public hearings on fracking rules tonight and Wednesday http://michiganradio.org/post/deq-holding-public-hearings-fracking-rules-tonight-and-wednesday <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-60815f06-39fe-fe7a-e87f-7c0eae242181"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">State officials want to hear what you think about fracking.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.1500000000000001; background-color: transparent;">The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality wants to update the state’s rules on hydraulic fracturing. The DEQ is</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.1500000000000001; background-color: transparent;"> holding two public hearings this week on the proposed changes.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-60815f06-39fe-fe7a-e87f-7c0eae242181"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Hal Fitch is the chief of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3306_57064---,00.html">DEQ’s Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals</a>. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-60815f06-39fe-fe7a-e87f-7c0eae242181"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">“Starting about 2008, we started hearing increased public concerns. So we met with the environmental community, we met with the public in over 200 different forums and heard those concerns and formulated these rules based on what we were hearing,” he says.</span></span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:46:11 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18375 at http://michiganradio.org DEQ holding public hearings on fracking rules tonight and Wednesday Efforts are being made to boost native fish in St. Clair River http://michiganradio.org/post/efforts-are-being-made-boost-native-fish-st-clair-river <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fish populations native to Michigan such as lake sturgeon, walleye, and lake whitefish have been declining in recent years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a result, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has built spawning reefs in rivers around Michigan, including the St. Clair River.</span></p><p>A spawning reef is a crevice-filled rock bed designed to mimic the natural limestone reefs that previously existed.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:39:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 18364 at http://michiganradio.org Efforts are being made to boost native fish in St. Clair River A new proposed pipeline in Michigan could run along Line 6B http://michiganradio.org/post/new-proposed-pipeline-michigan-could-run-along-line-6b <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A proposed natural gas pipeline could run through Michigan on its way to the Canadian border.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">ET Rover, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, is planning a pipeline that would run through about 180 miles of Michigan. </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Some of it would track the same route as the controversial&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Enbridge</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;6-B pipeline that was recently replaced.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The company has sent out about 15,000 letters to landowners on and around the proposed line, asking for permission to do land surveys.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">ET Rover will then submit a plan to the federal government for review.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Vicki Granado is the company's spokesperson.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"It’s important to Energy Transfer that we reach out and communicate and meet people and we talk to them," said Granadao. &nbsp;"It’s also important that as we do work in these communities, that we are very respectful of people’s property and of all of the environmental concerns."</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Jeff&nbsp;Insko&nbsp;is a landowner in Oakland County whose backyard was torn up for the Line&nbsp;6B&nbsp;project.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"The prospect of having to go through it all over again is utterly demoralizing," said Insko. "People are disheartened and some of them are angry; some of them are stubborn and ready to fight."</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">ET Rover will hold an open house tonight in Fenton to update residents on the proposal.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 22px;">–&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Reem Nasr, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:53:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18351 at http://michiganradio.org A new proposed pipeline in Michigan could run along Line 6B Study finds that an oil spill under Mackinac Straits would be “deathblow” to Northern Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/study-finds-oil-spill-under-mackinac-straits-would-be-deathblow-northern-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New computer modeling from the University of Michigan shows the possible effects of an oil spill under the Straits of </span>Mackinac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It <a href="http://graham.umich.edu/media/files/mackinac-report.pdf">shows </a>oil would spread widely across Northern Michigan shorelines.</span></p><p></p><p>The National Wildlife Federation &nbsp;says twin pipelines under the Straits are in poor condition and could rupture.</p><p></p><p>“To have an oil spill of the magnitude that’s potential … with the reach, the scope, and the travel that would occur from such a spill – it would be a deathblow for Great Lakes ecology and economy,” said Andy Buchsbaum, executive director the NWF’s Great Lakes Natural Resources Center.</p><p></p><p>“Everybody recognizes that that spill would be devastating,” he said. “And I think that this report actually puts a scientific point on how devastating it would be.”</p><p></p><p>The pipelines are operated by Enbridge, the company responsible for the 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge says the pipelines are operating safely.</p><p></p><p><em>Below are videos of U of M's&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1.357em; font-weight: inherit; font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: 33px;">Straits of </span>Mackinac<span style="font-size: 1.357em; font-weight: inherit; font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: 33px;">&nbsp;contaminant release scenarios:</span></em></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PLkpBjHvzRryqCzUAeLDxzgrRJOBbN-nBc" width="560"></iframe></p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:45:48 +0000 Jake Neher 18339 at http://michiganradio.org Study finds that an oil spill under Mackinac Straits would be “deathblow” to Northern Michigan Is the hybrid hype dying down? http://michiganradio.org/post/hybrid-hype-dying-down <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.365000057220459; background-color: transparent;">People may talk about wanting to be environmentally friendly but, when it comes to buying new cars, </span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.365000057220459; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">the data show they aren't spending their green on being green.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.365000057220459;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.365000057220459; background-color: transparent;">Car buyers don’t actually end up buying hybrids and electrics even though they say it’s important to them.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.365000057220459;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-0646ff47-1660-add1-ef19-861989012400" style="line-height: 1.365000057220459;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">"Hybrids and plugins tend to be more expensive," says </span></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sonari</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.7450008392334px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Glinton,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.7450008392334px; white-space: pre-wrap;">NPR’s auto reporter.</span><span style="line-height: 1.365000057220459;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> The advance drive market [hybrids, electric vehicles, plugin hybrids] has accounted for 3.6% of the market in the first half of 2014, a decline when compared to 3.8 % in the first half of 2013. Glinton says this market plateau is partially because shoppers are acclimating to higher gas prices. He thinks the other reason is "the novelty of these [hybrid] cars has worn off, so it's not like there's a big new electric car that people are like 'oh I gotta go out and buy that car.' "</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.365000057220459;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:55:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18285 at http://michiganradio.org Is the hybrid hype dying down? Bass getting fat on invasive fish http://michiganradio.org/post/bass-getting-fat-invasive-fish <p><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">The bass are getting fat.</span></p><p style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">Lake Michigan was recently recognized as one of the best places in America to fish for bass. The booming fishery is one sign of what might be a major shift of the lake’s food web.</p><p style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">But that change is being driven by an increase in goby, an invasive species. And it could spell trouble for salmon— the most popular sport fish in Lake Michigan. &nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;"> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:18:49 +0000 Peter Payette 18323 at http://michiganradio.org Bass getting fat on invasive fish The Michigan Department of Community Health chimes in on the state's arsenic issue http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-department-community-health-chimes-states-arsenic-issue <p></p><p>Michigan Radio's "The Environment Report" has just wrapped up a week-long series called <a href="http://michiganradio.org/topic/michigans-silent-poison"><em>Michigan's Silent Poison</em>.</a></p><p>Reporter Rebecca Williams worked in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity and the public radio show <em>Reveal </em>to explore the problem of arsenic in well water.</p><p>Williams said Michigan has a serious problem with arsenic in private wells that can lead to major health issues.</p><p>Public water supplies have federal limits to regulate arsenic levels in water, however, private wells are not regulated.</p><p>The Thumb region in Michigan has the largest problem with high arsenic levels in private wells. Levels are as high as 20 times more than the federal accepted limit for arsenic in public water.</p><p>During the series Michigan’s Silent Poison, Williams made efforts to talk with someone from the Michigan Department of Community Health, but no one was made available. After the series aired, the Department said they would make someone available to speak.</p><p>Jennifer Gray is a toxicologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">She answered some of the questions on Stateside today.</span></p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:51:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 18316 at http://michiganradio.org The Michigan Department of Community Health chimes in on the state's arsenic issue Environmental groups say another Enbridge pipeline could be disaster in waiting http://michiganradio.org/post/environmental-groups-say-another-enbridge-pipeline-could-be-disaster-waiting <p>A "who's who" of environmental groups say a 67-year-old pipeline in the straits of Mackinac&nbsp; could be a serious threat to the Great Lakes.<br /><br />The pipeline is owned by Enbridge. &nbsp;<br /><br />Howard Learner is head of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.</p><p>"It's an old aging pipeline," says Learner.&nbsp; "We can't afford to have happen in the Great Lakes what happened with the Enbridge pipeline and the oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.&nbsp; You know, it's already been a couple of years and we are still cleaning it up.&nbsp; "</p><p>In 2010, more than a million gallons of oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River after an Enbridge pipeline rupture.</p><p>Lerner's group, along with 16 other major environmental groups in Michigan, have sent a <a href="http://flowforwater.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2014-07-01-FINAL-Line-5-Governor-Ltr-Sign-On.pdf">letter</a> requesting an urgent meeting with Governor Snyder about the pipeline.</p><p>Learner says Enbridge may not be maintaining the pipeline properly, including not installing enough supports for the pipeline.&nbsp;</p><p>And he says the company may be sending oil through it under too much pressure, but there's no way to know until the state forces the company to disclose the information.</p><p>There's also a question whether state&nbsp; regulations written more than 60 years ago meet current standards.</p><p><em>*Correction - A previous version of this story said "more than a million barrels of oil spilled." It was more than a million gallons. Story corrected above.</em> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:03:32 +0000 Tracy Samilton 18301 at http://michiganradio.org Environmental groups say another Enbridge pipeline could be disaster in waiting Demolished GM plants could get cleaned up next year http://michiganradio.org/post/demolished-gm-plants-could-get-cleaned-next-year <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Three demolished General Motors plants could get state approval for cleanup, starting next year.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:33:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18282 at http://michiganradio.org Demolished GM plants could get cleaned up next year