Environmental Health http://michiganradio.org en Dearborn steel mill wants state to loosen emission limits, neighbors worry http://michiganradio.org/post/dearborn-steel-mill-wants-state-loosen-emission-limits-neighbors-worry <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfHT97w_awY</p><p>A Dearborn steel plant wants the state to let it <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140311/NEWS02/303110023/Severstal-Dearborn-toxin-levels">legally emit more air pollution</a>, a prospect that doesn’t sit well with many of the people who live nearby.</p><p>The massive,<a href="http://www.severstalna.com/eng/about/locations_capabilities/index.phtml"> 350-acre&nbsp;Severstal steel complex </a>sits in a heavily industrial area along the Dearborn-Detroit border. It’s been cited 37 times for violating its current state air quality permit.</p><p>But Severstal thinks that permit was too strict. In its new permit application, the company wants the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to raise the emissions cap for a number of pollutants, including lead and carbon monoxide.</p><p>That angers many south Dearborn residents, like Norieah Ahmed. Speaking at a packed public hearing on the proposed new rules this week, Ahmed said her community already suffers from too much pollution.</p><p>“We cannot allow for an increase in permitted levels simply because Severstal once again can’t meet those standards,” Ahmed said. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16928 at http://michiganradio.org Food industry asks to label genetically engineered ingredients as 'natural' http://michiganradio.org/post/food-industry-asks-label-genetically-engineered-ingredients-natural <p>The food industry wants the government to give the okay for calling&nbsp;products using genetically engineered ingredients “natural” foods.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I went to my local grocery store looking for the term <span style="line-height: 1.5;">“</span>natural<span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span> or</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <span style="line-height: 1.5;">“</span>naturally<span style="line-height: 1.5;">”</span> and I didn’t have to go very far.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the cereal aisle I</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;found products labeled “naturally flavored,” “100% natural,” and an “all natural pancake mix.”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A couple aisles over, looking at the chips there were “all natural”&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">pretzels, “naturally sweet” popcorn, and then there was a drink with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a label that read “naturally flavored beverage with other natural&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">flavors blended with vitamins.”</span></p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:32:22 +0000 Lester Graham 15949 at http://michiganradio.org Food industry asks to label genetically engineered ingredients as 'natural' Largest-ever children's health study launches in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/largest-ever-childrens-health-study-launches-michigan <pre>The largest long-term children’s health study in United States history has launched in Michigan.</pre> <pre>&nbsp;</pre> <pre>Wayne County is the Michigan county participating in the National Children’s Study. Genesee, Grand Traverse, Lenawee and Macomb will also join over the next several years.</pre> <pre>&nbsp;</pre> <pre>The study aims to document how social and environmental factors affect children’s health.</pre> <pre>&nbsp;</pre> <pre>Dr. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 19:01:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1023 at http://michiganradio.org Largest-ever children's health study launches in Michigan