Galls hang from blueberry bushes on WMUK correspondent Joan Donaldson's organic blueberry farm
Joan Donaldson

While fruit farmers continue to fight the invasive spotted wing drosophila fly, Southwest Michigan’s blueberry growers also face a homegrown pest. The blueberry gall wasp is native to Michigan but has experienced a population boom in the past few years - and researchers aren’t sure why. 

File photo: Kalamazoo City Commissioner Don Cooney and Kalamazoo residents march to protest capping the Allied Paper Landfill, May 2013.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will decide on the final cleanup plan for the Allied Paper Landfill site soon. But the City of Kalamazoo is still weighing its options. The city has been in talks with BioPath Solutions - a company that breaks down PCB waste with microbes. BioPath says the treatment would cost at least $15 million less than the EPA’s proposed plan. But the question remains - will it work?


(MPRN-Undated) A recent ruling could mean lower rates and refunds for Michigan energy customers. 


(MPRN-Lansing) The head of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has resigned over the drinking water crisis in Flint. 

"Continuing to move up to 23 million gallons of crude oil per day through 62-year-old, underwater pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac is too risky and not necessary, an environmental group said Monday." (Detroit Free Press)