Environment

MPRN

(MPRN-Lansing) The mayor of Waukesha, Wisconsin, is on a tour of state capitals in the Great Lakes region. 

MPRN

(MPRN-Lansing) State Attorney General Bill Schuette has sent a letter to Great Lakes governors challenging a proposal to allow the Wisconsin city of Waukesha to withdraw water from Lake Michigan. 

Anders Dahlberg

For about 30 years, the cancer-causing chemical 1,4 dioxane has been leaching into Kalamazoo County’s groundwater from the KL Avenue Landfill. It’s contaminated drinking water wells in Oshtemo Township and forced more than 300 people to switch to Kalamazoo city water.

Now state regulators are planning to tighten the limits on 1,4 dioxane in drinking water. That means even more homes will have to give up their wells as the toxic plume moves west. 


Gas prices posted at a filling station in Philidelphia on March 2, 2016
AP Images/Matt Rourke

It’s been a great month for a drive in Southwest Michigan - warm weather and blissfully low gas prices. But what’s good for our wallets isn’t always good for the environment. Nicholas Occhipinti - the director of policy and community activism for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council - says that low gas prices mean more pollution and sometimes they thwart sustainability efforts.

Orchard Hill Landfill can easily be seen from I-94
Rebecca Thiele

 Coloma residents are hoping a state House bill will help get rid of the odor from nearby Orchard Hill Landfill. The bill, sponsored by state representative Al Pscholka, would double fines for landfills that commit odor violations. 

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