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

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.

With few friends on Great Lakes, chorus grows for cormorant kills

With few friends on Great Lakes, chorus grows for cormorant kills

August 15, 2018 | Peter Payette

As fish numbers drop in Michigan’s northern waters, efforts to limit the birds have ranged from raccoon squads to slicking their eggs with oil. Now the big guns are getting involved. (with slideshow)

Floods test mettle in Michigan’s UP. Waiting for relief tests patience.

Floods test mettle in Michigan’s UP. Waiting for relief tests patience.

August 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Yoopers are doing it themselves, digging out after the worst flooding in more than a generation. But money is running out, and folks are getting tired of waiting for emergency relief assistance.

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, epic floods reveal stormwater woes

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, epic floods reveal stormwater woes

August 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Officials in Copper Country are rushing to unclog culverts before the next round of heavy rain or melting snow again swamps homes. Some residents are calling for more dramatic action to reshape dangerous drainage systems dating back to mining boom days.

Slideshow | Michigan’s Upper Peninsula picks up pieces after epic floods

Slideshow | Michigan’s Upper Peninsula picks up pieces after epic floods

August 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

View photos as Copper Country recovers from this summer’s floods

Hancock nonprofit plays outsized role in Upper Peninsula flood recovery

Hancock nonprofit plays outsized role in Upper Peninsula flood recovery

August 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Few Yoopers will get insurance payouts after the floods, and homeowners have yet to get federal aid.  Nearly 500 have applied for a Portage Health Foundation program to fill in those gaps.

Michigan environment roundup: Cancer fears in Oscoda over PFAS

Michigan environment roundup: Cancer fears in Oscoda over PFAS

August 14, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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

Map | Here are confirmed PFAS threats to Michigan water

Map | Here are confirmed PFAS threats to Michigan water

July 31, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Residents in a pair of Kalamazoo County townships have been told not to drink their water. They join a growing list of communities where chemical used in Air Force bases, clothing and household items is threatening waterways in Michigan.

Flooding, bacteria prompt mass beach closures throughout U.P., Michigan

Flooding, bacteria prompt mass beach closures throughout U.P., Michigan

July 24, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A month after the catastrophic floods, advisories or closures remain in place at 17 beaches in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula where high levels of bacteria have been detected.

How Michiganders made Grand Traverse Bay beaches cleaner

How Michiganders made Grand Traverse Bay beaches cleaner

July 24, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Beach closures are a big deal near Traverse City, which thrives on tourism. So a nonprofit made it its mission to reduce them

Michigan environment roundup: Endangered butterfly near extinct in Oakland County

Michigan environment roundup: Endangered butterfly near extinct in Oakland County

July 24, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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

Michigan to sue 3M as toxic PFAS chemicals taint waters

Michigan to sue 3M as toxic PFAS chemicals taint waters

July 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Gov. Rick Snyder has asked Attorney General Bill Schuette to sue 3M, accusing the chemical giant of continuing to sell toxic products despite knowing dangers.

Environmentalists outraged Michigan warning about PFAS went unheeded

Environmentalists outraged Michigan warning about PFAS went unheeded

July 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A state bureaucrat first raised concerns about the toxic chemicals in 2012. They’re now a full-blown crisis. Did the state move too slow?

Michigan enlists ‘Shop-Vac on steroids’ to fight toxic PFAS foam

Michigan enlists ‘Shop-Vac on steroids’ to fight toxic PFAS foam

July 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan environmental regulators have hatched a novel plan to get vacuum of toxic foam bubbling up in Oscoda and other PFAS-tainted communities. Will it work? Nobody’s sure.

Map | Find PFAS threats to drinking water in Michigan

Map | Find PFAS threats to drinking water in Michigan

July 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A chemical used in Air Force bases, clothing and household items is threatening waterways in Michigan. Use this map to find out where.

How the EPA and the Pentagon downplayed a growing toxic PFAS threat

How the EPA and the Pentagon downplayed a growing toxic PFAS threat

July 13, 2018 | Abrahm Lustgarten

A family of chemicals — known as PFAS and responsible for marvels like Teflon and critical to the safety of American military bases — has now emerged as a far greater menace than previously disclosed.

Emails cast doubt about Michigan’s ties to Enbridge in Line 5 debate

Emails cast doubt about Michigan’s ties to Enbridge in Line 5 debate

July 11, 2018 | Craig Mauger, Jim Malewitz

As a deadline looms for Gov. Snyder to decide the future of a pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, he has touted efforts to weigh the issue transparently and independently. But his administration has given Enbridge Energy plenty of avenues to influence the debate.

‘History of failure’ highlights Line 5 risks outside Straits of Mackinac

‘History of failure’ highlights Line 5 risks outside Straits of Mackinac

July 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz, Craig Mauger

Last year, the controversial pipeline sprung two small leaks, illustrating lingering questions about a pipeline that crosses nearly 400 bodies of water in Michigan and the state’s power to oversee it. But Enbridge Energy says it’s significantly improved safety.

He told Flint to ‘relax.’ Now, Michigan is paying him to lead media training.

He told Flint to ‘relax.’ Now, Michigan is paying him to lead media training.

July 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz, Craig Mauger

A former Michigan spokesman who resigned because of “callous” statements about Flint was paid by a state contract to train government employees on how to communicate with media, records show.

Michigan environment roundup: Climate change to blame for U.P. flooding?

Michigan environment roundup: Climate change to blame for U.P. flooding?

July 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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

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