environmental clean up http://michiganradio.org en 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 Rouge Rescue seeks volunteers for annual river cleanup http://michiganradio.org/post/rouge-rescue-seeks-volunteers-annual-river-cleanup <p></p><p>If you ever want proof that individual actions can make a big difference in our environment, look no further than the <a href="http://therouge.org/index.php?id=687629">Rouge Rescue </a>–&nbsp;the yearly cleanup organized by the <a href="http://www.therouge.org/">Friends of the Rouge River</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Since 1986, the volunteers of Friends of the Rouge River have been working to protect and improve the river. Right now they're in the midst of the annual Rouge Rescue, and looking for willing helping hands.&nbsp;</p><p>Cyndi Ross, the program manager of Friends of the Rouge River, joined us.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:20:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 17617 at http://michiganradio.org Rouge Rescue seeks volunteers for annual river cleanup High concentration of PCBs found in River Raisin http://michiganradio.org/post/high-concentration-pcbs-found-river-raisin <p>High levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been uncovered during a cleanup in the River Raisin, reports Charles Slat of the <a href="http://www.monroenews.com/news/2012/oct/02/river-clean-uncovers-more-toxins/">Monroe News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Readings upwards of 10,000 parts per billion β€” some of the highest levels initially found during a 2007 partial clean-up at the site β€” also have been found during the recent dredging.</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 19:14:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9331 at http://michiganradio.org High concentration of PCBs found in River Raisin Landslide leads to coal ash spill in Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/landslide-leads-coal-ash-spill-lake-michigan <p>Earlier this week, there was a landslide at a coal-burning power plant in Wisconsin. We Energies operates the plant. On their property, there&rsquo;s a ravine next to a bluff on the shore of Lake Michigan. That ravine is filled with coal ash.</p><p>Coal ash is what&rsquo;s left over when coal is burned to create electricity and it can contain toxic substances like arsenic, mercury and lead.</p><p>When the bluff collapsed on Monday, mud, soil, and coal ash spilled into Lake Michigan.</p><p>Barry McNulty is with We Energies.</p><p>&ldquo;The vast majority of the debris including the soils and even coal ash, remain on land today. But a portion of that debris certainly spilled into Lake Michigan, which includes three vehicles, we believe, some coal ash, different soil from the bluff,&rdquo; McNulty said.</p><p>McNulty said they don&rsquo;t know how much coal ash got into the lake, but he said they are installing booms and using skimmers to clean up the spill.</p><p>The cause of the spill is under investigation. Fri, 04 Nov 2011 15:11:46 +0000 Rebecca Williams 4838 at http://michiganradio.org Crews ramping up cleanup efforts in Kalamazoo River near Marshall http://michiganradio.org/post/crews-ramping-cleanup-efforts-kalamazoo-river-near-marshall <p>Cleanup crews are collecting oil that remains at the bottom of the Kalamazoo River this week.</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/kalamazoo-river">It&rsquo;s been nearly a year</a> since more than 840,000 gallons of heavy crude oil leaked from a broken pipeline near Marshall. More than 90% of the oil has been cleaned up already.</p><p>Becky Haase is a spokesperson for <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/enbridge-energy">Enbridge Energy</a>, the company that owns the pipeline.</p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:49:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2991 at http://michiganradio.org Crews ramping up cleanup efforts in Kalamazoo River near Marshall 20,000 gallons of sewage flows into Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org/post/20000-gallons-sewage-flows-kalamazoo-river <p>Authorities say about 20,000 gallons of raw sewage flowed into the Kalamazoo River following a power outage at a Battle Creek wastewater plant.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/">The Battle Creek Enquirer </a>and the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/kzgazette/">Kalamazoo Gazette</a> report that officials on Friday issued a public health advisory following the overflow. Battle Creek Utilities Director Ken Kohs says an electrical short caused a power outage that lasted for a few hours.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 21 May 2011 18:15:07 +0000 Kyle Norris 2601 at http://michiganradio.org 20,000 gallons of sewage flows into Kalamazoo River Day of service expands in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/day-service-expands-lansing <p>This week&rsquo;s guest for &ldquo;What&rsquo;s Working&rdquo; is Julie Powers, the Director of the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council. Ms. Powers has been involved in the planning and organizing of a day of community service in Lansing, set to happen this year on May 14<sup>th</sup>. The event is entitled, &ldquo;Adopt-Your-Place.&rdquo;</p><p>Volunteers will be led by event organizers in such tasks as water testing and clean-up along the Grand River, planting and mulching public gardens throughout the area, clearing trails, repairing eyesores, and generally giving some TLC to local sites in need. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:50:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & What's Working 1986 at http://michiganradio.org Day of service expands in Lansing Lake Muskegon clean up slated http://michiganradio.org/post/lake-muskegon-clean-slated <p>The clean-up of industrial waste in Muskegon Lake will start next month. The lake is contaminated with mercury and other pollutants that get into fish and wildlife. The Muskegon River flows through the lake on its way to Lake Michigan.</p><p>Kathy Evans is with the <a href="http://muskegonlake.org/#">West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission</a>.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;U.S EPA and the state of Michigan entered into the agreement to clean up Muskegon Lake and the community sees this as very beneficial to the local economy, to the environment to the fish and wildlife habitat and the water quality here in Muskegon Lake and to Lake Michigan.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The clean-up is being paid for by the state and federal governments and is expected to cost twelve-million dollars. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 20:43:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1960 at http://michiganradio.org Lake Muskegon clean up slated Can and bottle deposits add up for environment http://michiganradio.org/post/can-and-bottle-deposits-add-environment <p>All the unclaimed deposits from Michigan cans and bottles really add up. The state gets about $12 million a year out of it.</p><p>A small amount of this money goes back to the retailers who sell the containers. But most of it is used for <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3306_28608---,00.html">cleaning up old industrial land or toxic waste</a>. The state also uses the money to finish the clean-up of federal Superfund sites.</p><p>With budget cuts, money for pollution clean-up is harder to come by. Anastasia Lundy is with the Department of Environmental Quality. She says her department used to rely on Michigan&rsquo;s general fund.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Well the programs that are funding environmental clean-up no longer receive any general fund whatsoever, so this has increased our reliance on these bottle bill funds to try to keep the programs meeting the most critical needs.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The state wants as much money in the clean-up fund as possible. They&rsquo;re worried they are losing money to people they call smugglers. These are people bringing cans into Michigan from other states for deposit money.</p><p>This might sound like the Seinfeld episode where Kramer and Neuman drive cans and bottles into Michigan. But the state is getting serious about cutting down on bottle deposit fraud. So, they want bottle manufacturers to put a special mark on containers sold in Michigan. Bottle return machines would then only take containers with the mark-Michigan containers.</p><p>The state changed the<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/dnre-whmd-sw-mibottledepositlawFAQ_318782_7.pdf"> bottle bill</a> to require manufactures to add the mark, and the manufacturers are now suing the state over the changes to the bill.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.ameribev.org/">American Beverage Association</a> is bringing the suit. They didn&rsquo;t return calls for comment on this story. But, they&rsquo;ve <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/03/lawsuit_over_michigans_bottle.html">told other media outlets</a> that making special cans and bottles for Michigan will be expensive and they don&rsquo;t want to do it.</p><p>Retailers are siding with the state in the suit. Mike Lashbrook is the President of the <a href="http://www.mbwwa.org/Home.aspx">Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesaler Association</a>.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Well, you know, this issue, the fact that there is this smuggling that&rsquo;s been going on, it&rsquo;s not a joke like the Seinfeld episode. It is a major problem.</p></blockquote><p>He says retailers are also worried about losing money to bottle smugglers.</p><p>The state has already put a little over a million dollars into upgrading the bottle machines to read the special mark. If the Beverage Association wins their case the state will lose this money. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:29:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1828 at http://michiganradio.org Can and bottle deposits add up for environment