Environment

11:13 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Anti-fracking petitions can circulate

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The controversial procedure has been used for decades. Energy industry officials say fracking is safe but opponents charge that it can cause pollution.
LANSING - Supporters of a ban on fracking in Michigan can begin gathering signatures on petitions that could put the issue on the 2014 ballot. The state Board of Canvassers approved the petition language Wednesday morning, that would ban the practice of using horizontal hydraulic fracturing, called fracking, to get at pools of natural gas and oil deep under the ground across the state.
5:38 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Petition drive to save WMU woods launched

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University officials say no final decision about the issue has been made. It is expected to be on the agenda for WMU trustees later this week.
Estimates of the number of trees that would be cut down to make way for a new 26,688-square-foot dining hall range from 380 to 570. An online petition to save Western Michigan University's Goldsworth Valley Woods has garnered more than 850 signatures in its first week.
2:03 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

EPA Allied Paper landfill plan not popular

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More than 100 people attended a public forum Tuesday night organized by the Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition. It opposes the EPA plan to keep PCB contamination at the site in place.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Dustin Harback lives steps from the Allied Paper landfill site. His 11-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son go to Parkwood Upjohn Elementary School and his family drives by the landfill daily. Harback said he wanted to join "some people that want to be bold and change the community."
WMUK News
1:42 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

EPA Allied Paper landfill plan faces opposition

Warning signs outside the Allied Paper landfill
Credit WMUK

City officials, environmentalists, and many residents aren’t happy about a federal proposal for Kalamazoo’s Allied Paper landfill. In March, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency briefed city commissioners on a proposal to leave highly toxic PCB contamination at the Superfund site. The city and the Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition want all of the material removed.

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SW Michigan
4:05 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Oil spill in 2010 not a threat to drinking water

Kalamazoo River re-opens in 2012 (file photo)
Credit WMUK

A new state report says the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill did not cause contamination of residential water wells that threatens human health. The final “health assessment” by the Department of Community Health says no oil-related organic compounds were found in wells near the disaster in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties.

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