Politics & Government
7:50 am
Fri August 23, 2013

In this morning’s news: Enbridge dredging, the Packard Plant, and industrial cleanup

Oil dredging site in Comstock Township rejected

It is unlikely that Enbridge Energy will meet the deadline to dredge spilled oil from the bottom of the Kalamazoo River.  Comstock Township officials denied Enbridge’s request to build a dredge pad because the location was too close to residential and industrial sites, including Bell’s Brewery.  According to Michigan Radio’s Lindsay Smith, “federal regulators have ordered Enbridge to complete the dredging project by the end of the year.”

Packard Plant may have a new lease on life

A deal to save Detroit's historic Packard Plant may be finalized next week.  Evanston, Illinois-based developer Bill Hults wants to purchase the building and turn it into a housing and commercial center.  Michigan Radio's Michelle Nelson reports that "Hults plans to buy the plant for its $1 million unpaid tax bill. If the deal fails, the complex would be put in a public auction in September."

Michigan receives industrial cleanup money

Michigan will receive $1.5 million in federal money to clean up former industrial sites.  Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody reports that "the grant money will fund brownfield assessments, job training and cleanup of sites in Genesee County and southeast Michigan." Some of the money will be used for the continuing "Chevy in the Hole" cleanup in Flint.