EPA http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Health officials say 2010 oil spill did not contaminate water wells http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-health-officials-say-2010-oil-spill-did-not-contaminate-water-wells <p>There's good news and bad news for residents with drinking water wells near the Kalamazoo River. A massive oil spill contaminated the river in 2010.</p><p></p><p>State officials tested 150 of the residential water wells for contaminants.</p><p></p><p>“Now the oil related chemicals, those would have been iron and nickel, they were detected in a few wells but nothing but was levels of concern,” says Angela Minicuci, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Community Health.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:37:37 +0000 Tracy Samilton 11633 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Health officials say 2010 oil spill did not contaminate water wells Kellogg pays fine for violating Clean Air Act http://michiganradio.org/post/kellogg-pays-fine-violating-clean-air-act <p>Battle Creek-based cereal maker Kellogg has agreed to pay a big fine for violating the federal Clean Air act.</p><p></p><p>The violations occurred at Kellogg plants in Battle Creek and Grand Rapids. &nbsp;&nbsp;The government cited the cereal maker for operating without necessary permits and exceeding federal emission levels.</p><p></p><p>Some of the violations date back to 1993.&nbsp; The most recent violation took place in 2007.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:22:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 9630 at http://michiganradio.org Most of the Kalamazoo River, closed since a 2010 oil spill, is being reopened http://michiganradio.org/post/most-kalamazoo-river-closed-2010-oil-spill-being-reopened <p>Much of the Kalamazoo River, closed to the public since the 2010 Enbridge oil spill, is now reopened.</p><p>It&rsquo;s been nearly two years since a broken pipeline near Marshall leaked more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil that eventually fouled more than 30 miles of the Kalamazoo River. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:40:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 7970 at http://michiganradio.org Most of the Kalamazoo River, closed since a 2010 oil spill, is being reopened Feds release documents linked to the Kalamazoo River oil spill investigation http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-release-documents-linked-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-investigation <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) &mdash; Federal officials have released<a href="http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/hitlist.cfm?docketID=49814&amp;CurrentPage=1&amp;EndRow=15&amp;StartRow=1&amp;order=1&amp;sort=0&amp;TXTSEARCHT="> photographs and 5,000 pages of documents</a> related to the pipeline rupture in southwestern Michigan that polluted the Kalamazoo River and a tributary creek nearly two years ago.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating what caused the leak, which spilled more than 800,000 gallons of crude near Marshall in Calhoun County. Spokesman Peter Knudson said Monday the NTSB expects to reach a conclusion this summer.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The newly released material includes photos of the damaged pipe, reports outlining the sequence of events following the July 25, 2010 rupture and interviews with emergency responders and officials with Enbridge Inc., owner of the pipeline.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">The 30-inch line extends from Griffith, Ind., to Sarnia, Ontario. Enbridge announced plans last week to enlarge the pipe so it can carry more oil.</span> Tue, 22 May 2012 01:11:17 +0000 The Associated Press 7555 at http://michiganradio.org Feds release documents linked to the Kalamazoo River oil spill investigation EPA accepting Great Lakes grant applications http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-accepting-great-lakes-grant-applications <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will award $20 million in grants this year for projects to help the Great Lakes.</p><p>EPA officials recently invited states, cities, Indian tribes, universities and nonprofit groups to apply for the grants, which will come from money Congress appropriated under the Obama administration&#39;s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.</p><p>The projects will focus on issues such as invasive species, toxic pollution and runoff from farms and cities.</p> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 18:13:50 +0000 The Associated Press 7137 at http://michiganradio.org EPA accepting Great Lakes grant applications EPA misses deadline to issue dioxin health assessment http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-misses-deadline-issue-dioxin-health-assessment <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has missed its own deadline to release a major report on the health effects of dioxins. Dioxins are a class of toxic chemicals.</p><p>The EPA says dioxins are <a href="http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/CFM/nceaQFind.cfm?keyword=Dioxin">likely to cause cancer</a> in humans. Since the mid-1980&rsquo;s, the EPA has been working to define just how toxic dioxins are. Over the years, the agency has released drafts of the report. These drafts have been picked apart by scientists and industry. Then, the EPA goes back to working on it.</p><p>Last year, the EPA decided to split its dioxin assessment into two parts. One part will look at cancer risks; the other part will look at non-cancer health risks. The agency had promised to release the report on non-cancer effects by the end of January. But they missed that deadline.</p><p>The EPA did not want to be recorded for this story. They would only say they&rsquo;re &ldquo;working to finalize the non-cancer health assessment for dioxin as expeditiously as possible.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Living with dioxin pollution</strong></p><p>People in central Michigan have lived with dioxin pollution for more than three decades. The pollution is largely from a Dow Chemical plant in Midland. <a href="http://www.environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=440">We&rsquo;ve previously reported</a> that EPA&rsquo;s dioxin assessment could affect how much dioxin Dow might have to clean up.</p><p>Michelle Hurd Riddick is with the Lone Tree Council. It&rsquo;s an environmental advocacy group based in Saginaw.</p><p>&ldquo;We need our government to issue a clear scientific statement and report on the toxicity of this chemical. But unfortunately, it appears it&rsquo;s probably politics as usual. And the monied interests, the lobbyists, they have the access, they have the influence and you know, public health be damned.&rdquo;</p><p>The EPA has been under pressure from industry groups.</p><p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:28:02 +0000 Rebecca Williams 6066 at http://michiganradio.org EPA misses deadline to issue dioxin health assessment Praise for proposed fuel economy rules at Detroit EPA hearing http://michiganradio.org/post/praise-proposed-fuel-economy-rules-detroit-epa-hearing <p>Union leaders, environmental groups and some auto industry representatives are applauding new&nbsp;fuel efficiency standards proposed by President Obama.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing on the new rules in Detroit Tuesday.</p><p>The Obama administration&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.epa.gov/otaq/climate/regulations.htm#1-1"> proposed rule </a>actually measures greenhouse gas emissions. But when translated into the usual lingo, that&rsquo;s about 54 miles per gallon&mdash;roughly double the current standard.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 00:54:03 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5831 at http://michiganradio.org Praise for proposed fuel economy rules at Detroit EPA hearing Enbridge gets EPA approval for 2012 oil spill cleanup plans http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-gets-epa-approval-2012-oil-spill-cleanup-plans <p>&nbsp;The EPA this week&nbsp;gave approval to Enbridge Energy&rsquo;s plans for continuing its cleanup of an oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;The plan&nbsp;suggests major cleanup operations may change next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>More than 840 thousand gallons of crude oil spewed from a broken pipeline near Marshall in July, 2010.&nbsp;&nbsp; The exact&nbsp;amount&nbsp;remains&nbsp;in dispute.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Hundreds of workers have spent the past 17 months removing the oil from the river.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:42:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 5511 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge gets EPA approval for 2012 oil spill cleanup plans Is there something missing in the latest plan to cleanup the Kalamazoo River oil spill? http://michiganradio.org/post/there-something-missing-latest-plan-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill <p>A Michigan State University professor says he&rsquo;s concerned a revised plan for cleaning up an oil spill in the Kalamazoo River is missing details in one important area.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 20:17:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 4937 at http://michiganradio.org Is there something missing in the latest plan to cleanup the Kalamazoo River oil spill? EPA awards grants for Detroit-area water cleanup http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-awards-grants-detroit-area-water-cleanup <p>The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $2 million in grants to Detroit-area water restoration projects.</p><p>These grants will go to four Metro Detroit projects. They include efforts to reduce toxins in the Rouge and Detroit rivers, and to eliminate e. coli sources near Macomb County beaches.</p><p>Congressman John Dingell says those projects represent &ldquo;indispensable investments. But he notes that in a tough fiscal environment, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to have a difficult time defending&rdquo; them.</p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:20:27 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3938 at http://michiganradio.org EPA awards grants for Detroit-area water cleanup Kalamazoo River oil spill update: A lot of work accomplished, but still more to do http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-update-lot-work-accomplished-still-more-do <p>Dozens of people who turned out for a public hearing in Marshall on the cleanup of last Summer&rsquo; s oil spill in the Kalamazoo River left without hearing the news they wanted to hear&hellip;.that the river will soon reopen.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>More than 766 thousand gallons of crude oil have been recovered during&nbsp; the past twelve months.&nbsp; &nbsp;But there are still large deposits of&nbsp; submerged oil in three different parts of the river.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 01:26:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 3804 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo River oil spill update: A lot of work accomplished, but still more to do Planning underway for another cleanup of the Tittabawassee River http://michiganradio.org/post/planning-underway-another-cleanup-tittabawassee-river <p>A major cleanup project along the Tittabawassee River is moving into its final planning stages. It&rsquo;s a project that presents several challenges.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Dioxin contamination has been the subject of many cleanup projects in the Tittabawassee River.&nbsp;This new project will focus on other dangerous chemicals, like arsenic, dumped into the river in the past.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 00:01:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 3786 at http://michiganradio.org Planning underway for another cleanup of the Tittabawassee River Oil spill update meeting scheduled for this week in Marshall http://michiganradio.org/post/oil-spill-update-meeting-scheduled-week-marshall <p>This week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency plans to hold a public meeting to discuss what&rsquo;s happening with the Kalamazoo River oil spill.&nbsp;&nbsp;More than year ago, a ruptured oil pipeline spewed more than 800 thousand gallons of crude oil that eventually made its way into the Kalamazoo River.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 3736 at http://michiganradio.org EPA asks Enbridge for missing data http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-asks-enbridge-missing-data <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is asking the company responsible for last year&rsquo;s oil spill in the Kalamazoo River for information they say is missing. Last summer an Enbridge Energy pipeline ruptured, releasing more than 840,000 gallons of tar sands oil. Cleanup is still underway.</p><p>Last spring after the snow and ice melted, cleanup efforts on the Kalamazoo River really ramped up. The EPA came up with a plan to monitor air quality. The agency directed Enbridge to collect air samples to look for contaminants that could have been stirred up during the spring cleaning. Enbridge also was supposed to collect weather data so the EPA knew the conditions when the samples were taken.</p><p>Ralph Dollhopf heads EPA&rsquo;s Incident Command for the Enbridge spill. He says some of that weather data is missing.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not necessarily a bad thing but we want to make sure that we understand the complete situation.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Dollhopf says <a href="http://www.epa.gov/enbridgespill/pdfs/enbridge_notice_20110720.pdf">they&rsquo;re asking Enbridge</a> to supply the missing data or explain why it&rsquo;s missing.</p><p>Marshall resident Susan Connolly says she&rsquo;s disappointed, but not surprised the data Enbridge is responsible for gathering could be missing.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;That would be just like letting a pedophile babysit a child. I mean why would you let the person that caused the pipeline to spill to be the ones to monitor?&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The EPA oversees the cleanup.</p><p>An Enbridge spokesman says the company has not received the EPA&rsquo;s notice yet so he declined to comment for now.</p><p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:25:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3612 at http://michiganradio.org EPA asks Enbridge for missing data EPA giving money to help Michigan communities clean up brownfield sites http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-giving-money-help-michigan-communities-clean-brownfield-sites <p>Seven Michigan communities are getting help from the federal government to clean up contaminated industrial sites.&nbsp;&nbsp; Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson says her agency is awarding <a href="http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/">brownfield cleanup grants</a> to Lansing, Albion, Inkster, Northville and three other Michigan communities.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The grants total $2.9 million.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:22:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 2766 at http://michiganradio.org EPA giving money to help Michigan communities clean up brownfield sites Government unveils new fuel economy labels for cars and trucks http://michiganradio.org/post/government-unveils-new-fuel-economy-labels-cars-and-trucks <p>It&#39;s probably the second sticker you look at (the first being the price sticker).</p><p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">The <a href="http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-gasoline-label.shtml">new fuel economy and environment labels</a> will take effect with model year 2013 cars and trucks. The EPA is calling the new labels &quot;</span><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:10pt">the most dramatic overhaul to fuel economy labels since the program began more than 30 years ago.&quot;</span></p><p>The new labels show more information about fuel economy, such as predicted annual fuel costs (based on $3.70 per gallon), and how much in fuel you would save compared to an average car (an &quot;average&quot; car&#39;s mpg is set at 22 mpg). The labels also give a greenhouse gas rating, and a smog rating.</p><p>And it wouldn&#39;t be an updated label without a way to load it into your smarty-pants phone. Here&#39;s a video from the EPA on how that works:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMtdlZFucp4 Wed, 25 May 2011 15:44:58 +0000 Mark Brush 2638 at http://michiganradio.org Government unveils new fuel economy labels for cars and trucks Protesters rally against U.S. Chamber, Congressman Upton http://michiganradio.org/post/protesters-rally-against-us-chamber-congressman-upton <p>Protesters rallied at an <a href="http://www.kazoochamber.com/index.php?src=events&amp;srctype=detail&amp;category=Advocacy&amp;refno=16521">energy forum</a> hosted by the <a href="http://www.kazoochamber.com/">Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce</a> today. They&rsquo;re calling on the Kalamazoo Chamber to cut its ties with the <a href="http://www.uschamber.com/">U.S. Chamber of Commerce</a>. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 22:14:40 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2165 at http://michiganradio.org Protesters rally against U.S. Chamber, Congressman Upton Protestors bring giant inhalers to Congressman Fred Upton http://michiganradio.org/post/protestors-bring-giant-inhalers-congressman-fred-upton <p>Several protestors rallied outside Congressman Fred Upton&rsquo;s offices in Kalamazoo Friday.</p><p>Nicole Lowen is the with <a href="http://www.environmentmichigan.org/">Environment Michigan</a>, a state-wide advocacy group that tries to protect clean air, water and open spaces.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We had gigantic, oversized asthma inhalers that we dropped off at his office just to represent the thousands of his constituents that are likely to suffer more frequent and severe health problems if he&rsquo;s successful in stripping away these critical clean air protections.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>She says they were protesting a <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.910:">bill (H.R. 910)</a> Upton introduced that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.&nbsp;</p><p>Upton chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House. The republican from St. Joseph says allowing the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions will drive up energy costs, destroy jobs and make America less competitive globally.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Such regulatory authority can only come from elected legislators, not unelected bureaucrats.&nbsp; We must not allow this administration to regulate what they have been unable to legislate,&rdquo; Upton said in a <a href="http://upton.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=230727">press release issued Friday. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 19:06:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1796 at http://michiganradio.org Protestors bring giant inhalers to Congressman Fred Upton Oil spill clean up continues, public use of Kalamazoo River still on hold http://michiganradio.org/post/oil-spill-clean-continues-public-use-kalamazoo-river-still-hold <p>Its been months since an oil pipeline ruptured near Marshall, spewing more than 800,000 gallons of heavy crude. Since last July, hundreds of clean-up workers have been removing tons of contaminated soil along the Kalamazoo River in Calhoun County. That work goes on, and while it does, public use of the river will remain on hold.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20110325/OILSPILL/103250309/Officials-don-t-know-when-Kalamazoo-River-will-reopen-after-oil-spill?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage">Battle Creek Enquirer</a> is reporting today that Calhoun County officials say they don&#39;t know when public use of the river will be allowed. Jim Rutherford is with the Calhoun County Public Health.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Until I know it&#39;s a safe environment, I&#39;m still going to keep the closing on...the last thing I want is for somebody to get exposure (to oil), get hurt or worse as a result of getting tied up in the boom.&quot;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>The clean up along the Kalamazoo River slowed as winter weather moved in last fall. But, an <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/AboutEnbridge/CorporateSocialResponsibility/Environment/MichiganSpill.aspx">Enbridge Energy</a> spokeswoman says they are <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/list/term/54">transitioning</a> now to more aggressive oil removal work. The EPA&#39;s investigation into the oil spill continues. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:47:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 1785 at http://michiganradio.org Oil spill clean up continues, public use of Kalamazoo River still on hold EPA establishes new standards for boilers and incinerators http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-establishes-new-standards-boilers-and-incinerators <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has established new clean air standards for incinerators and boilers. From the <a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/06ddff3abfb133d585257840005e6406?OpenDocument">EPA&#39;s press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;In response to federal court orders requiring the issuance of final standards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing final Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators that achieve significant public health protections through reductions in toxic air emissions, including mercury and soot, but cut the cost of implementation by about 50 percent from an earlier proposal issued last year.&quot;</p></blockquote><blockquote><p><br />&quot;Mercury, soot, lead and other harmful pollutants released by boilers and incinerators can lead to developmental disabilities in children, as well as cancer, heart disease, aggravated asthma and premature death in Americans. These standards will avoid between 2,600-6,600 premature deaths, prevent 4,100 heart attacks and avert 42,000 asthma attacks per year in 2014.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>An <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hKDmGyoJGBO5arV1fH_CSDF9V_-w?docId=f23dcd4ab0b04b95aaef5076f9fb28ac">Associated Press article</a> has some background on criticisms that may have prompted the move.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Republicans and some Democrats in Congress have harshly criticized the EPA recently over the costs of a whole host of regulations, including the first-ever rules to control the gases blamed for global warming. At least a half-dozen bills have been introduced this year to block or curtail agency regulations, and House Republicans succeeded last week in attaching numerous anti-EPA measures to a bill aimed at funding the government for the rest of this fiscal year.&quot;</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:07:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1391 at http://michiganradio.org EPA establishes new standards for boilers and incinerators