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Michigan environment roundup: PFAS found in 119 Michigan water systems

February 28, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Gretchen Whitmer remakes Michigan DEQ again, but leaves oversight panels intact

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Fresh off an override by Republicans, the Democratic governor issued an executive order Wednesday to reshuffle the DEQ. Oversight panels will remain, pending a legal review.

Consumers Energy chief: We’re making changes after natural gas crisis

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Consumers Energy will be less reliant on a single facility that can pump up to 64 percent of its gas, its CEO tells lawmakers Wednesday. A fire at the facility last month sparked a crisis that almost led to shutoffs.

Here's how your ideas could help save Lake Superior's Buffalo Reef

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan officials are mulling how to thwart millions of tons of mining waste threatening to smother Buffalo Reef, a vital spawning ground for lake trout and whitefish. Here’s your chance to offer feedback. 

Michigan environment roundup: 13 water systems fail federal lead test.

February 20, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

After Republican lawmakers killed Gretchen Whitmer’s environmental shakeup, what’s next?

February 15, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The ball’s now in Whitmer’s court amid a power struggle over environmental oversight.

Few love Michigan’s DEQ. But are oversight panels worth Whitmer-GOP showdown?

February 13, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is locked in a showdown with Republicans over her plan to kill oversight panels. Both sides agree citizens should have a say in regulations, but have disagreed for years about how to do so.

Michigan environment roundup: Ice fishing under threat in Michigan

February 13, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Michigan Senate debates reversing Gov. Whitmer’s environmental overhaul

February 7, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The conversation follows a House vote to block Whitmer’s executive order to transform the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. It’s the latest in a power struggle that may derail bipartisanship.

Michigan Republicans move to block Gov. Whitmer’s environmental overhaul

February 6, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

One month after taking office and pledging to work with Republicans, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plans to reorganize the state’s environment agency face a challenge from Republican lawmakers. They’re upset she plans to abolish oversight groups that give businesses a say in regulations.

Gretchen Whitmer reshapes Michigan environmental watchdog agency

February 4, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The new Democratic governor is revamping DEQ to more closely focus on clean water, climate change and protecting poor communities from environmental harm. Republicans vow to hold hearings.

In Flint, trust is lost. And bottled water supplies are running low.

January 30, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A year after Michigan declared Flint’s drinking water “restored” and began encouraging residents to return to their faucets, the city’s demand for bottled water remains sky-high, leading to hours-long waits for dwindling supplies.

Flint residents welcome Nestlé donations. But its ads? Not so much.

January 30, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The water conglomerate is donating millions of bottles of water to Flint. But it’s taking millions of gallons of water from central Michigan and touting its efforts on television. That’s led to mixed feelings.

Bridge Magazine wins Michigan Environmental Journalism Award

January 30, 2019 | Bridge Staff

The Michigan Sierra Club recognized Bridge for expanding its coverage of the environment in its Michigan Environment Watch edition.

After Flint, Michigan toughened lead rules. Now water utilities are suing.

January 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Detroit-area water providers are challenging Michigan’s rules for lead in drinking water, which are the nation’s toughest. The challenge has high stakes for public health and ratepayers’ wallets.

Dana Nessel moves to drop Michigan from suits fighting EPA clean air rules

January 22, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Three weeks into office, the Democrat attorney general begins to roll back litigation initiated by her Republican predecessor, Bill Schuette.

Federal government shutdown idles program that could help in Line 5 spill

January 17, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A computer programming system used to protect changes in Great Lakes would predict the direction of oil in the event of a pipeline mishap. But it’s been idled by the shutdown.

Drop in hunting, fishing licenses could harm Michigan economy, reports show

January 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan lawmakers need to do a better job to promote hunting and fishing, which remains a $11 billion industry but is suffering as baby boomers get older.

Gretchen Whitmer vows action on climate. Here’s how warming hurts Michigan.

January 9, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Rising temperatures are impacting Michigan’s roads, sewers, forests and farms, a landmark federal report warns. Gretchen Whitmer promises to create an office dedicated to solutions.

New Midwest governors spur hope for regional fight against climate change

January 9, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Several states elected governors who vow action against warming temperatures, prompting some to wonder whether the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord could see a revival.

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