michigan department of environmental quality

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Plenty of home-use products pose a threat to the environment if they’re thrown in the garbage. But Kalamazoo County is one of the few places in Southwest Michigan that accepts a broad range of potentially polluting trash, from antifreeze to VCRs.

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It takes time for a property to decline into blight. Once it reaches that state it rarely emerges quickly.

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Underground tanks get special attention in state and federal environmental law.

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Aquatic biologist Jennifer Johnson wades toward a motorboat on Klinger Lake in St. Joseph County. She’s holding a brown, palm-sized mussel, a native one.

One of the task force’s first jobs will be to review Enbridge’s response to an inquiry about the company’s Strait of Mackinac pipeline. Among other things the state wants to know how Enbridge has prepared for any leaks at the site.

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