Chad Selweski


Chemical Valley and the threat to Michigan’s drinking water

October 31, 2017 | Chad Selweski

The Enbridge pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac gets all the attention. But a sprawling industrial complex in Ontario has a long history of chemical spills and botched communications with its coastal neighbors in Michigan.

Toxic chemical spill? Wait for our fax.

October 31, 2017 | Chad Selweski

News of an industrial spill from Canada’s Chemical Valley can take a long, bizarre path before Michigan towns learn of poisoned waters.

100 workers recalled. Then they all flunked their drug tests.

July 18, 2017 | Chad Selweski

Michigan companies can’t fill jobs because too many people have opioids or pot in their systems. Is the answer more testing? Or none?

Northern Michigan’s 'Disability Belt' now rivals the Deep South and Appalachia

April 11, 2017 | Chad Selweski

Rural counties across a band of northern Michigan have disability rates up to 18 percent, with little hope these former workers will return to jobs. Experts are trying to reverse the trend.

Promised water infrastructure investment comes only in drips

November 3, 2016 | Chad Selweski

Remember when Flint’s crisis had everybody calling for upgrades to pipes and mains? That’ll be very expensive, and the new Great Lakes Water Authority has lots of other problems to address

Politics meets facts on free-trade deals in Michigan

August 4, 2016 | Chad Selweski

Expect plenty of anti-free-trade rhetoric this fall as the Clinton-Trump presidential campaign hits Michigan. But the economic record doesn’t quite match the rhetoric.

Why on earth is Candice Miller running for county drain commissioner?

May 5, 2016 | Chad Selweski

The popular congresswoman is turning from Washington to pursue an obscure post that few people ever cared about. Until Flint.

Before Flint, a Detroit-area water warning system was allowed to crumble

February 16, 2016 | Chad Selweski

A state-of-the-art water contaminant warning system protected more than 4 million people in southeast Michigan. But a few years back, communities began to pull out of the network, to save money. After Flint, was that a mistake?

Will Michigan defy Obama on lifting Iran sanctions?

August 11, 2015 | Chad Selweski

As President Obama tries to sell Congress and the U.S. people on a nuclear deal with Iran, legislators in Lansing are pushing for ratcheting up state-level sanctions to discourage companies in the state from doing business with Iran.

Father of Michigan fireworks law says he has no regrets

July 14, 2015 | Chad Selweski

Harold Haugh has been vilified for helping to legalize high-powered fireworks in Michigan. He says the law has proved an economic boon to the state.