michigan department of environmental quality

12:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

State Targets Sites With Underground Tank Leaks

The site of the former Harvard Industries in Albion.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A report on DEQ tank triage and a former foundry site in Albion

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

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11:07 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

State Studies Inland Lake Invasive Species

Johnson holds a native mussel with invasive zebra mussels attached.
Sehvilla Mann WMUK

How the state is studying invasive species in inland lakes

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.

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4:54 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

State Appoints Oil, Gas Pipeline Task Force

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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.
LANSING -- Multiple state departments are coming together to keep an eye on oil and gas pipelines across Michigan. Attorney General Bill Schuette and Dan Wyant, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, will head up the new Great Lakes Petroleum Pipeline Task Force, their offices announced in a joint statement Thursday.
5:37 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Money for dangerous leaky tanks goes elsewhere

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An audit found that more than $200 million have been going to holes in the state's budget.
Michigan's fund for cleaning up leaking underground fuel tanks - a chronically underfunded effort is headed for an overhaul after a recent audit found that state officials diverted $216 million in designated cleanup funds to unrelated programs. The diverted money was used, over the last decade, to plug holes in the state budget, even while Michigan struggled to deal with the nation's second largest inventory of leaking underground gas tanks.
3:31 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Toxic PCBs behind aging Kalamazoo River dams pose new risks

On the other side of the Kalamazoo River sits the last remnants of the Plainwell Dam. It was removed in 2007.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

A long time ago,  paper mills dumped toxic PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, into the Kalamazoo River. Though the Environmental Protection Agency has been working to remove them, there are still PCBs lurking behind the river’s dams...and those dams are getting too old to hold them.

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