White Lake http://michiganradio.org en Paperwork coming together to remove White Lake from list of toxic hot spots in Great Lakes region http://michiganradio.org/post/paperwork-coming-together-remove-white-lake-list-toxic-hot-spots-great-lakes-region <p>An inland lake north of Muskegon that was once one of the most polluted places surrounding the Great Lakes is making big progress. Most of the pollution in <a href="http://epa.gov/greatlakes/aoc/whitelake/index.html">White Lake was caused by a chemical company</a> that dumped waste into the water decades ago.</p><p>Efforts to clean the leftover chemicals from the environment have been underway since the late 1980s.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17097 at http://michiganradio.org Paperwork coming together to remove White Lake from list of toxic hot spots in Great Lakes region White Lake could become Michigan’s first to come off U.S-Canada list of pollution hot spots http://michiganradio.org/post/white-lake-could-become-michigan-s-first-come-us-canada-list-pollution-hot-spots <p>An inland lake north of Muskegon is expected to reach a major milestone this year. Officials anticipate White Lake will be removed from a list of the most-polluted places surrounding the Great Lakes this year.</p><p><a href="http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/aoc/whitelake/index.html">According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a>, most of the pollution in White Lake was caused by a chemical company that dumped waste into the water.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:46:40 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16187 at http://michiganradio.org White Lake could become Michigan’s first to come off U.S-Canada list of pollution hot spots West Michigan's White Lake sees cleanup progress http://michiganradio.org/post/west-michigans-white-lake-sees-cleanup-progress <p>The cleanup of one of Michigan&#39;s environmental &quot;<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3313_3677_15430-240913--,00.html">Areas of Concern</a>&quot; (AOC)&nbsp; is now a step closer to being finished.</p><p>White Lake in Muskegon County is one of 43 sites around the Great Lakes region (14 are in Michigan) that have been designated for special cleanup because of heavy pollution that impairs their use.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 19:08:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7462 at http://michiganradio.org West Michigan's White Lake sees cleanup progress Mapping cancer cases in a small town (Part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/mapping-cancer-cases-small-town-part-2 <p>All this week we&#39;re bringing you a special series on cancer and the environment.</p><p>Cancer is a scary enough word, and <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/clusters/">cancer cluster</a> can sound even scarier. That term describes a place where more people have cancer than you&rsquo;d expect to find in the rest of the population. But finding out if a cluster really exists and then getting something done about it is hard, really hard.</p><p>Claire Schlaff doesn&rsquo;t know if there&rsquo;s a cancer cluster in her small resort community around White Lake, Michigan on the western side of the state. She says she just wanted to know more about what might have caused her son, Doug to get cancer and die three years ago.</p><p>&ldquo;He went to two major medical facilities and was even in a clinical trial. They were focused on treatment. They weren&rsquo;t about doing research into what causes Ewing&rsquo;s Sarcoma.&rdquo;</p><p>Claire&rsquo;s daughter-in-law Polly was also looking for answers to what had caused the disease. She&rsquo;s Doug&rsquo;s widow and the mother of his three boys.</p><p>&ldquo;He was diagnosed when he was 33 and he passed away when he was 35. We were high school sweethearts. He was a high school counselor; he was a high school basketball coach. He was an athlete.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 13:55:00 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 6511 at http://michiganradio.org Mapping cancer cases in a small town (Part 2) White Lake gets federal funding for restoration http://michiganradio.org/post/white-lake-gets-federal-funding-restoration <p>An inland lake in west Michigan is getting a boost from the federal government to help clean up pollution and restore wildlife habitats.</p><p>It&rsquo;s one of many places along the Great Lakes shoreline where cleanups are needed.</p><p>Programs to clean up White Lake, north of Muskegon, have been awarded more than $2 million for restoration. The money will be used to help clean toxins and reestablish habitat for fish and wildlife.</p><p>Patty Birkholz, director of the Office of the Great Lakes says damage done by years of pollution from the manufacturing industry is not beyond repair.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s true, it&rsquo;s not. But it&rsquo;s taken a huge investment on the part of the federal government, on the part of the state government, but also a lot of work by the local people.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Birkholz says Michigan has more &ldquo;Areas of Concern&rdquo; near the Great Lakes than any of the other Great Lakes states. She says it&rsquo;s important for the state to rehabilitate waterways that were damaged by the, quote, &lsquo;sins of our fathers.&rsquo; Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:34:08 +0000 Laura Weber 3404 at http://michiganradio.org No cancer cluster in White Lake http://michiganradio.org/post/no-cancer-cluster-white-lake <p>Residents of White Lake gathered this morning to dispute their inclusion on a list of cancer clusters in Michigan. The list was compiled by the <a href="http://clusteralliance.org/clusters/">National Disease Cluster Coalition</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>Claire Schlaff&nbsp; started the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=51332063319#!/group.php?gid=51332063319&amp;v=wall">White Lake Cancer Mapping Project</a> after her son passed away from a rare cancer. She says the National Disease Cluster Coalition misinterpreted information from the White Lake Cancer Mapping project:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The materials they put out kind of made it look like all of these were confirmed clusters, including ours, which couldn&rsquo;t be farther from the truth. Although we&rsquo;re looking into it, nothing has been confirmed.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Schlaff said the White Lake Mapping Project data will not be ready for analysis for at least a year. She says the project was meant to find a link between cancer and the environment:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not looking for a yes or no answer about whether there&rsquo;s a cancer cluster here. What I am trying to do and what our group is trying to do is to learn more about the connection between the environment and<em> cancers.&rdquo;</em></p></blockquote><p>White Lake was put on a <a href="http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/aoc/whtlake.html">list of toxic hotspots</a> in the mid-1980s because of pollution from the Occidental Chemical Company. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 20:57:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2100 at http://michiganradio.org No cancer cluster in White Lake