6:50 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Researchers concerned about caffeine, drugs, other chemicals found in Lake Michigan

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Study raises questions about treatment systems at plants on lake
The new findings are alarming researchers, even as they continue to learn more about what the presence of these pharmaceuticals and personal care products means. The concern is that the products, or mixtures of them, might affect fish and other aquatic life in ways that harm the ecosystem.
5:58 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A conservative tackles climate change

Smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station in Montana
Credit Matthew Brown / AP Photo

Former congressman Bob Inglis says we’re approaching the issue of climate change the wrong way. The South Carolina Republican says global warming is real but adds that more government regulation isn’t the answer. Inglis, who is now the executive director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, speaks Tuesday, September 24th, at 7 p.m. at Western Michigan University. His public presentation in Sangren Hall is sponsored by WMU’s Department of Political Science, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Lee Honors College.

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9:11 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

House committee approves bill to boost funding for Great Lakes ports and harbors

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved bill on Tuesday
Legislation that may boost federal funding for Great Lakes ports and harbors cleared a hurdle Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Water Resources and Reform and Development Act of 2013 essentially combines all those shipping destinations in the region into a single navigation system.
7:43 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Two Sierra Club lawsuits in Holland consolidated into one

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Case revolves around work done on power plant in Holland
Two separate lawsuits from the Sierra Club against the city of Holland and the Holland Board of Public Works have been consolidated into one for trial by a federal judge in Kalamazoo. BPW General Manager Dave Koster said the suits are roughly five years old but would not comment on the pending litigation beyond that; discussion of such litigation is exempt from Michigan's Open Meetings Act.
5:31 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

PCB sampling part of Kalamazoo River clean up

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Work is part of of ongoing Superfund cleanup
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
OTSEGO, MI - Scientists were trudging across the muddy ground around Pine Creek Wednesday, sampling soils from what by next week will be lake bottom again. "They'll be looking for mostly PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)," all part of ongoing cleanup of the Kalamazoo River, said Garry Griffith of Georgia-Pacific, whose company is paying for the work.