environment http://michiganradio.org en $20M partnership formed to study coastal estuaries http://michiganradio.org/post/20m-partnership-formed-study-coastal-estuaries <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan Water Center is forming a five-year partnership with a federal agency to oversee scientific research dealing with ecologically sensitive coastal areas.</p><p>Officials said Monday the center has been awarded a $20 million contract to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the program.</p><p>It supports studies of how land use, pollution, habitat degradation and climate change affect estuary areas, which are brackish places where rivers meet the oceans or large lakes such as the Great Lakes. They host an abundance of plant and animal life and help filter pollutants. They also shield coastal areas from storms and prevent erosion.</p><p>University of Michigan scientist Don Scavia says research under the program should help policymakers protect and restore estuaries.</p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:32:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18759 at http://michiganradio.org $20M partnership formed to study coastal estuaries Flying unmanned helicopters for science in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/flying-unmanned-helicopters-science-michigan <p style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">You might’ve heard that Amazon is hoping to one day deliver packages to your door by little unmanned helicopters.</p><p style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">Now, scientists are getting into the act, too.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:23:30 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18723 at http://michiganradio.org Flying unmanned helicopters for science in Michigan Boom, bust, boom: a story about copper and the price we pay for it http://michiganradio.org/post/boom-bust-boom-story-about-copper-and-price-we-pay-it <p></p><p>Copper.</p><p>Its use in our lives is astounding, and so is the cost of mining it. When Bill Carter moved to Bisbee, Arizona, he found himself directly affected by the mining history in the town.</p><p>And so he wrote “Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, The Metal That Runs The World.” The book comes from his firsthand experience with the effects of living in a copper-mining town.</p><p>Carter calls copper the invisible metal. We hear a lot about gold, aluminum, and iron. But the 400 pounds of copper in our homes, 9,000 pounds in airplanes, and 50 pounds in our cars, is overlooked as it “runs modern civilization.”</p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:03:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 18694 at http://michiganradio.org Boom, bust, boom: a story about copper and the price we pay for it 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 LCV says the "Michigan Legislature is failing on state conservation issues" http://michiganradio.org/post/lcv-says-michigan-legislature-failing-state-conservation-issues <p>The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is giving the Michigan Legislature a grade of "incomplete" for its current session.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group's scorecard grades lawmakers on their votes related to energy, land and water issues.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:32:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18318 at http://michiganradio.org LCV says the "Michigan Legislature is failing on state conservation issues" Philanthropist and former Steelcase chairman Peter Wege dies at 94 http://michiganradio.org/post/philanthropist-and-former-steelcase-chairman-peter-wege-dies-94 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;"><p><em>"Do all the good you can for as many people as you can for as long as you can."</em></p><p><em>- Peter Melvin Wege</em></p><p>The Former&nbsp;Steelcase&nbsp;Inc. chairman and philanthropist Peter&nbsp;Wege&nbsp;died at his home in Grand Rapids yesterday.</p><p>He was the son of Peter Martin&nbsp;Wege, who founded&nbsp;Steelcase&nbsp;more than a century ago.&nbsp;Steelcase&nbsp;and rival office furniture manufacturers&nbsp;Haworth&nbsp;Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. anchored the Grand Rapids area's economy for decades.</p><p>Peter Melvin&nbsp;Wege&nbsp;created his foundation in 1967. It has given away millions, much of it in his hometown.</p><p>More about Wege from his <a href="http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=peter-melvin-wege&amp;pid=171648560&amp;fhid=5484">obituary</a>:</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Mark Brush 18287 at http://michiganradio.org Philanthropist and former Steelcase chairman Peter Wege dies at 94 What researchers are finding out about low-level exposure to arsenic http://michiganradio.org/post/what-researchers-are-finding-out-about-low-level-exposure-arsenic <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This week, the Environment Report is taking a look at </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/michigans-silent-poison" style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan’s silent poison</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> — arsenic.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Federal standards allow public drinking water supplies to have arsenic levels of up to 10 parts per billion (ppb), but these standards do not apply to private well owners (that's left up to the well owner to determine).</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;">And in counties throughout Michigan, some wells have much higher levels of arsenic than this "maximum contaminant level" set by the EPA.</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;">Higher levels of arsenic in drinking water have been linked to skin cancer, lung cancer, and bladder cancer, among others.</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;">But are lower levels of arsenic a threat to human health?</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:16:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18245 at http://michiganradio.org What researchers are finding out about low-level exposure to arsenic These places in Michigan are still working on getting arsenic out of their drinking water http://michiganradio.org/post/these-places-michigan-are-still-working-getting-arsenic-out-their-drinking-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s no way to tell if arsenic is in your water without testing it. Arsenic has no taste and no smell.</span></p><p>Certain parts of Michigan have higher than average levels of arsenic in groundwater. That’s especially true in the Thumb region and a few other counties in southeast Michigan. And that can be a problem if you’re on a private well.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18173 at http://michiganradio.org These places in Michigan are still working on getting arsenic out of their drinking water Michigan’s arsenic problem is among the worst in the nation. Here’s why that matters. http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-s-arsenic-problem-among-worst-nation-here-s-why-matters <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.1500000000000001; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">If you’re on city water, your drinking water has to comply with a federal regulation that limits the amount of arsenic in it, but if you’re on a private well, the&nbsp;federal and state governments do not limit the amount of arsenic in your well.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18160 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan’s arsenic problem is among the worst in the nation. Here’s why that matters. This mom didn't know why her family was sick until she checked their water http://michiganradio.org/post/mom-didnt-know-why-her-family-was-sick-until-she-checked-their-water <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.1500000000000001; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">It’s been called “the mother of all poisons.” You can't taste arsenic and you can’t smell it, which is why it’s been the poison of choice for centuries. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c59a8473-ce97-5241-60e1-ff5a72d21c6a"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">“During the Middle Ages it was called the succession powder,” says Jerome Nriagu, professor emeritus of public health at the University of Michigan.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c59a8473-ce97-5241-60e1-ff5a72d21c6a"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">“That’s the way people got rid of the kings and queens if they wanted to become the king or queen themselves,” he said.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c59a8473-ce97-5241-60e1-ff5a72d21c6a"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Arsenic, in very high doses, can kill you.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c59a8473-ce97-5241-60e1-ff5a72d21c6a"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">But arsenic is a naturally occurring element and doctors and scientists like Nriagu are working hard to understand how arsenic affects us today.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><strong>A family experiences mysterious health problems</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c59a8473-ce97-5241-60e1-ff5a72d21c6a"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Renee Thompson and her family were sick for three years without having any idea why. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c59a8473-ce97-5241-60e1-ff5a72d21c6a"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">“My children and my husband all became very ill after we moved into the house we had in Ortonville,” she said.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c59a8473-ce97-5241-60e1-ff5a72d21c6a"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">At the time, Thompson had recently given birth to her third child, Danica.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c59a8473-ce97-5241-60e1-ff5a72d21c6a"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">“My son was six, and he started to have severe chest pains, while my older daughter had headaches,” Thompson said. “My husband had GI bleeding, and I had become very fatigued with headaches and skin problems.”</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-c59a8473-ce97-5241-60e1-ff5a72d21c6a"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><em>Listen to Thompson explain what her family experienced:</em></span></span></em></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18124 at http://michiganradio.org This mom didn't know why her family was sick until she checked their water Unraveling the mysteries of the GI Bill, Coast Guard and EPA http://michiganradio.org/post/unraveling-mysteries-gi-bill-coast-guard-and-epa <p><strong>Update 10:30 p.m.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The showed has already aired on Michigan Radio. If you missed it, you can catch it again&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/120268-reveal-pilot-3" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>here</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Original post- 11:30 a.m.</span></strong></p><p>Who’s really benefiting from the GI Bill? Why does the U.S. Coast Guard have some explaining to do? How much arsenic in our water is actually safe? There’s always more to the story.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Reveal,” the radio show dedicated to investigative reporting, is back. Brought to you by </span><a href="http://cironline.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Center for Investigative Reporting</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="http://www.prx.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">PRX</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the third pilot episode examines the value of a degree from a for-profit colleges reaping millions of dollars from GI Bill funds, explores the Coast Guard’s shaky safety record, exposes the backroom deals over arsenic in our water and delves into the secrecy around lethal injection drugs.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Catch Reveal tonight on Michigan Radio at 7 p.m.!</strong></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Here’s a rundown of the stories you’ll hear:</strong></em></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:30:00 +0000 Reveal Radio 18194 at http://michiganradio.org Unraveling the mysteries of the GI Bill, Coast Guard and EPA Great Lakes region not doing well on beach water quality http://michiganradio.org/post/great-lakes-region-not-doing-well-beach-water-quality <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Great Lakes region didn't do so well last year in beach water quality, according to t</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">he annual beach report by Natural Resources Defense Council.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:31:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18153 at http://michiganradio.org Great Lakes region not doing well on beach water quality Great Lakes lover and her thousand-mile adventures http://michiganradio.org/post/great-lakes-lover-and-her-thousand-mile-adventures <p></p><p>After hiking some 2,000 miles around the Great Lakes, Loreen Niewenhuis is headed to the islands of the Great Lakes for another thousand-mile adventure of hiking, boating, kayaking, and bicycling.</p><p>First, she hiked completely around Lake Michigan, her "1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach." Then she decided to hike the shorelines of all five Great Lakes, another 1,000-mile adventure.</p><p>She has turned both of those into books.</p><p>Now she is working on her third journey: <a href="http://laketrek.blogspot.com/">A 1,000-mile Great Lakes Island adventure</a>. This month, she'll be visiting Isle Royale to help out with wolf and moose research.</p><p>Niewenhuis&nbsp;joined Stateside today to talk about the environmental issue she observed on her island journeys and recount her amazing experiences, including searching for moose bones on Isle Royale and hiking Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior.</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to the full interview with Loreen above.</em></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:33:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 18020 at http://michiganradio.org Great Lakes lover and her thousand-mile adventures Michigan gets ready for EPA's proposed carbon rules http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-ready-epas-proposed-carbon-rules <p>On Monday morning, the Environmental Protection Agency released the <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-05/documents/20140602proposal-cleanpowerplan.pdf">federal government’s plan </a>to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The agency's calling it the "Clean Power Plan."</p><p>The EPA says carbon dioxide emissions are the main driver of climate change. The agency is&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">proposing a 30% reduction in CO2 from power plants by 2030. Here's what EPA says about the proposed regulations:</span></p><blockquote><p>Climate change is not just a problem for the future. We are facing its impacts today:</p><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="238.70319430887218" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 905.717px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907962, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Average temperatures have risen in most states since 1901, with seven of the top 10 warmest years on record occurring since 1998.</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="238.70319430887218" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 905.717px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907962, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="679.1071838088227" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 936.517px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.915733, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="679.1071838088227" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 180.033px; top: 936.517px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.915733, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Climate and weather disasters in 2012 cost the American economy more than $100 billion.</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="8.463999798202513" data-font-name="g_font_21_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 90px; top: 963.675px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.651077, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="191.32319543849948" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 476.083px; top: 1077.17px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.935108, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">Nationwide, by 2030, the Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="23.75439943365097" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 440.283px; top: 1102.97px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.928511, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;from the power sector by approximately 30 per cent from 2005 levels. It</div><div data-angle="0" data-canvas-width="240.48799426631928" data-font-name="g_font_5_0" dir="ltr" style="font-size: 18.4px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 231.033px; top: 1128.57px; transform: rotate(0deg) scale(0.907673, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;">&nbsp;will also reduce pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog that make people sick by over 25 percent.</div></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Policymakers at the state level and the state’s major power companies don’t seem surprised by the news.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:50:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17836 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan gets ready for EPA's proposed carbon rules 80-year-old agave plant about to show its only bloom in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/80-year-old-agave-plant-about-show-its-only-bloom-ann-arbor <p></p><p>It was 1934. The nation was deep in the Great Depression. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in the White House. William Comstock was Michigan's 33rd governor.</p><p>And a University of Michigan graduate student in botany found an agave plant while on a botanical expedition to Mexico. He brought it back to Ann Arbor.</p><p>Now, 80 years later, that agave plant is getting set to bloom – for its first and only time.</p><p>Michael Palmer is the horticultural manager at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the Nichols Arboretum and he joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:22:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 17703 at http://michiganradio.org 80-year-old agave plant about to show its only bloom in Ann Arbor Scientist sheds new light on proposed nuclear waste site on Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/scientist-sheds-new-light-proposed-nuclear-waste-site-lake-huron <p></p><p>Its official name is the Deep Geologic Repository project (DGR).</p><p>It's a proposed underground site to store nuclear waste. A site that would be located less than a mile from Lake Huron near the town of Kincardine, Ontario. It’s about 11 miles northeast of Port Huron on the Canadian side of the lake.</p><p>If Ontario Power Generation wins approval, its underground site could store 52 million gallons of low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste – again, less than a mile from the source of drinking water for many millions of Americans and Canadians.</p><p>Nuclear scientist Frank Greening once worked for Ontario Power Generation.</p><p>He says some of the materials that would be stored underground are hundreds of times more radioactive than what was told to Canadian government officials who are considering the site.</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview with Frank Greening above.</em></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 01:39:26 +0000 Stateside Staff 17608 at http://michiganradio.org Scientist sheds new light on proposed nuclear waste site on Lake Huron Next steps for proposed sand and gravel mine near Chelsea http://michiganradio.org/post/next-steps-proposed-sand-and-gravel-mine-near-chelsea <p>A Ready Mix concrete company wants to dig for sand and gravel on a site north of Chelsea, Michigan. McCoig Materials is planning the mine right in the middle of the Pinckney and Waterloo State Recreation Areas (see the map above for the location of the proposed site).</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plan has drawn opposition from hundreds of residents and other advocates who fear the mine could affect water resources in the area. They also are concerned about the truck traffic that would roll through downtown Chelsea.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.twp-lyndon.org/Pages/default.aspx">Lyndon Township</a> officials will vote on whether the mine should move forward. A meeting has been scheduled next month. From the township:</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:25:26 +0000 Mark Brush 17384 at http://michiganradio.org Next steps for proposed sand and gravel mine near Chelsea Students celebrate Earth Day by planting sequoia clones http://michiganradio.org/post/students-celebrate-earth-day-planting-sequoia-clones <p></p><p>Students in northern Michigan are planting clones of ancient sequoias today.</p><p>There's a grove of sequoias along the shores of Lake Michigan on the site of a former Morton Salt factory.</p><p>Sequoia trees are not native to Michigan, but this grove has grown in Manistee for more than 65 years when they were brought here from the West Coast. Now, those trees are going to take another trip, or their clones will.</p><p>Students who attend Interlochen Arts Academy are planting them on campus along Green Lake. The clones are from Archangel Ancient Tree Archive.</p><p>David Milarch is the group's co-founder. He says they’re planting clones of redwoods around the world today.</p><p>“Ninety-six percent of all of our redwoods have been cut down, butchered and sold,” Milarch says.</p><p>Here's a look at how the group collects genetic material from these old growth trees:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/54411074" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p><p>Both the Interlochen Center for the Arts and nearby Interlochen State Park have lost many trees recently due to disease and bug infestation.</p><p>Head park ranger Chris Stark has mixed feelings about the planting. He'd prefer to plant native varieties, such as the white pine.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:16:32 +0000 Sara Hoover 17311 at http://michiganradio.org Students celebrate Earth Day by planting sequoia clones Company considers drilling for oil west of Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/company-considers-drilling-oil-west-ann-arbor <p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/04/michigan-based_oil_company_exp.html">Ben Freed over at The Ann Arbor News</a> has more about the plans being developed by Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration Company. Freed reports the company has approached landowners in Scio Township looking to obtain their mineral rights.</p><p>West Bay says it would drill for oil using a "traditional" method. The company's vice president, Patrick Gibson, said it wouldn't use horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking:</p><blockquote><p>“We’re a conventional oil and gas exploration company, we do not utilize hydraulic fracturing,” Gibson said.</p><p>“What we’re looking for is geological formations that are already fractured so that we don’t have to do any fracturing ourselves, hydraulic or otherwise.”</p></blockquote><p>Landowners are being advised to educate themselves before signing contracts offered by the company. MSU's extension office offers insights into oil and gas leasing on this <a href="http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/oil_and_gas">page</a>.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:37:28 +0000 Mark Brush 17144 at http://michiganradio.org Company considers drilling for oil west of Ann Arbor