Environment

Plastic Bags Bill On Its Way To Governor Snyder

Dec 1, 2016
Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Changes could be coming for how retailers handle the use of plastic bags. That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a bill that won final approval in the legislature Thursday.

File photo of the South Haven lighthouse
WMUK

Great Lakes Echo Commentator Gary Wilson says this year’s election should have taught everyone the hazards of making predictions. So instead of forecasting how President-elect Donald Trump will address the Great Lakes, Wilson has some suggestions.

An assortment of microplastics
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

One year after the United States banned microbeads - the small plastic particles you might see in a face scrub - scientists are now turning their attention to microfibers - hairlike plastics in our clothing. Both types of plastic have been cluttering up oceans, rivers, and lakes. But clothing and personal care products aren’t the biggest sources of microplastics. Scientists are having a hard time finding out what these microplastics are and where they come from.

An unidentified woman loads clothes into a washing machine at a coin-operated laundry in Los Angeles' Echo Park district, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003. A freeze on regulations Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared on his first day in office may delay or alter a
AP Photo/Reed Saxon

If you’re one of those people who stopped using microbeads because you care about the environment, we have some bad news. Microbeads are those tiny plastic bits in your toothpaste and facewash that pollute oceans, rivers, and lakes. Scientists say there’s a new microplastic to blame - and it’s lurking in your laundry hamper. Plastics in our clothes are sending billions of microfibers into our waterways - making fish and other aquatic life sick.

(MPRN-Lansing) A global bottled water company is asking the state for permission to more than double how much water it’s withdrawing from the ground in west Michigan.

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