Jim Malewitz

Jim Malewitz reports on the environment for Bridge. Based in Lansing, but with plans to scour both peninsulas, he is looking for stories about how public policy, climate change and other phenomena affect the state’s trove of natural resources – all while leaders tout the “Pure Michigan” brand. Jim joined Bridge in November 2017, returning to his home state after a lengthy absence. He spent four years at the Texas Tribune, where he was an investigative reporter and extensively covered energy and environmental issues. He reported on an oil boom and bust, deadly oil refineries, cross-state border squabbles, invasive zebra mussels and gaping sinkholes. His work there also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, POLITICO Magazine and news outlets across the country. Before moving to Texas, Jim covered energy and the environment for Stateline, a nonprofit news service in Washington, D.C. He majored in political science at Grinnell College in Iowa and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. There, he helped launch the nonprofit Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, where he currently serves on the board of directors. You can reach Jim at jmalewitz@bridgemi.com or call him at 517-657-3577.

Articles

Truth Squad | Bill Schuette goes foul, claims Whitmer will ‘kill’ Flint case

October 30, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The Michigan Republican attorney general used an offhand remark from his Democratic rival to make a series of attacks. But his arguments lacked evidence and delves into conspiracy theory.

Comparing the environmental records of Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer

October 23, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Bill Schuette has fought regulations as job-killers, but bucked his party on some Great Lakes issues. Gretchen Whitmer opposed regulatory rollbacks while in the Legislature.

Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer take different tacks to climate change

October 23, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Bill Schuette says Michigan must “better understand the science,” while Gretchen Whitmer promises an Office of Climate Change and partnerships with other governors to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Minnesota has fought PFAS for years. Here’s how its plan can help Michigan.

October 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan is planning to sue 3M for manufacturing hazardous chemicals showing up in water systems. Minnesota sued the company years ago and is sharing documents and other information, a top Minnesota regulator says.

Michigan environment roundup: ‘Bee highway’ to the rescue in Detroit

October 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Enbridge to build $350M tunnel to protect Line 5 in Straits of Mackinac

October 3, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Gov. Rick Snyder announces that he won’t seek shutdown of controversial oil pipeline, opting instead for an agreement with its owners, Enbridge Energy, to protect it with a tunnel.

Truth Squad | Dana Nessel spreads inaccuracies about PFAS in Michigan waters

October 3, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Are the hazardous chemicals a serious threat? Yes. Have 11,000 Michigan sites tested positive for them? Nowhere close.

Michigan PFAS by the numbers: How much is unsafe?

September 26, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Confusion runs rampant about PFAS dangers. The federal government and states can’t agree on how much is unsafe for states. Here’s a primer on what’s known so far.

A slow-moving ‘disaster’ is threatening Lake Superior and way of life

September 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The Buffalo Reef in the Keweenaw Peninsula teems with lake trout and whitefish. But a mountain of waste from a closed mine is slowly seeping into the water, prompting a desperate search for a solution.

Slideshow: In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, mining waste threatens Buffalo Reef

September 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

View photos from the past and present showing how waste from a closed mine is smothering key fish spawning grounds in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay.

Michigan environment roundup: Could Michigan voters decide Line 5’s fate?

September 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Truth Squad: Bill Schuette is falsely blamed for ignoring PFAS victims

September 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A Southfield Super PAC releases an irresponsible ad accusing Republican candidate for governor Bill Schuette of failing to act on the behalf of victims of water contamination. In fact, he has sued on their behalf.

Michigan senator introduces bill to fund $2B in water cleanups

September 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz

The bonding bill, sponsored by Sen. Margaret O’Brien of Kalamazoo County, differs from a plan backed by Gov. Rick Snyder, who prefers to raise needed revenue via higher fees.

Schuette goes to bat for ExxonMobil; brief calls climate change ‘unsettled science’

September 4, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Last month, the Michigan attorney general signed a court filing in support of energy giant that claims debate about global warming is still ‘raging’ among scientists. Spoiler alert: It’s not.

Climate change brings risks, opportunity to ‘Pure Michigan’

September 4, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A climate scientist sees reason for optimism as Michigan and the world grapples with a hotter, more extreme climate.

How U-M data ‘nerds’ helped Flint find homes with dangerous lead pipes

September 4, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

University of Michigan researchers developed an algorithm that has played an important role in Flint’s efforts to replace hazardous lead service lines. It could help other Michigan cities better locate older, compromised pipes.

Michigan environment roundup: Rock stacking tourists harm Tahquamenon Falls

September 4, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

In West Michigan, PFAS contamination leaves fruits and veggies to wither

August 22, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Danger to the groundwater in the town of Parchment could mean trouble to vegetable gardens, prompting some to wonder if their soil is permanently damaged.

Lake Erie’s algae bloom is growing again after paralyzing Toledo water system

August 22, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Fueled by farm runoff, harmful algal blooms continue to grow in Western Lake Erie, and climate change may make them even more intense. An expert explains the problem and how it could be addressed.

Michigan environment roundup: Recyclers scramble as China halts plastic, paper imports

August 22, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

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