dumping http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Monday, October 14th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-october-14th-2013 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Canada is dumping its garbage in Michigan. We took a look at why it&#39;s so cheap to haul trash over the border and the political reasons making it hard to stop.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">And, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the drive-in movie theater. Did you know Michigan once had more than 100 drive-ins? Today just a hand full are still in operation.</span></p><p>Also, Amtrak is making some improvements. We spoke with Tim Hoeffner of the Michigan Department of Transportation about what Michigan train passengers can expect.</p><p>And, Michael Stern from Roadfood.com, and frequent guest on The Splendid Table, stopped by to tell us about his recent trip to the Upper Peninsula and the culinary marvels he found up there.</p><p>But, first on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress are still at odds over federal spending on this, the 14th day of the partial government shutdown.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> In weekend discussions, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell could not reach a deal to raise the nation&#39;s borrowing authority. Stocks are lower as the nation moves to a potentially disastrous default on its debt.</span> Democratic Congressman Sander Levin joined us today to talk about the impasse.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:09:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 14836 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, October 14th, 2013 Dump a ton of trash in Ottawa, pay $100 - Dump a ton of trash in Michigan, pay 21 cents http://michiganradio.org/post/dump-ton-trash-ottawa-pay-100-dump-ton-trash-michigan-pay-21-cents <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan is known for its lakes,&nbsp;sparkling rivers, forests, and campgrounds. And for being a great, cheap place to dump your trash, at least if you’re a Canadian waste hauler.</span></p><p>Consider this: It costs $64 to dump a ton of trash in a landfill in Windsor, over $100 in Ottawa, and on the U.S. side of the border, you’d pay $12.99 a ton in Wisconsin.</p><p>Here in Michigan? It costs 21 cents per ton.</p><p>And that Canadian trucker hauling the trash pays just five dollars to cross at the border.</p><p>It’s a small wonder that Michigan has become a mighty attractive destination for Canadian businesses looking to get rid of their trash.</p><p>Just why is our state so ‘cheap and easy’ when it comes to Canadian trash?</p><p>Barry Rabe teaches public and environmental policy at the University of Michigan at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and he joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 21:47:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 13418 at http://michiganradio.org Dump a ton of trash in Ottawa, pay $100 - Dump a ton of trash in Michigan, pay 21 cents New website aims to shame people illegally dumping in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/new-website-aims-shame-people-illegally-dumping-detroit <p></p><p>Illegal dumping is a massive problem in Detroit. Just drive around for several minutes and you’re likely to see household and industrial trash illegally dumped on street corners and along service roads.</p><p>A group in the northwest Detroit neighborhood of Brightmoor hopes to curtail illegal dumping by publicly shaming companies and individuals caught dumping.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:38:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13274 at http://michiganradio.org New website aims to shame people illegally dumping in Detroit Michigan company caught 'dumping' Chinese honey in the U.S. http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-company-caught-dumping-chinese-honey-us <p>A Michigan company has been charged in a scheme federal officials have dubbed ‘Honeygate.’</p><p>Michigan-based Groeb Farms is one of the nation’s largest honey suppliers.&nbsp;&nbsp; The company buys honey in 42 states and around the world.</p><p>Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say Groeb Farms and another honey supplier were involved in a scheme to dump Chinese honey in the United States.&nbsp;</p><p>Federal officials say the Chinese honey was declared as other commodities and shipped through third countries. The defendants in the investigation dubbed "Project Honeygate" are accused of evading anti-dumping duties totaling more than $180 million.</p><p>Groeb Farms has agreed to pay a $2 million fine.&nbsp;</p><p>“We take full responsibility for and deeply regret any errors that were made in the past regarding the import of honey,” said Groeb Farms CEO Rolf Richter in a written statement.&nbsp;</p><p>Some of the honey contained antibiotics not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in honey.&nbsp;&nbsp; None of the charges allege any instances of illness or other public health consequences attributed to consumption of the honey.</p><p>The investigation is continuing. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:53:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 11328 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan company caught 'dumping' Chinese honey in the U.S.