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  1. Retired DEQ staffer: "Politics have become a much bigger part of what's driving the DEQ."2018/04/19
    In Michigan, we have laws in place that give the state the power to essentially rope off polluted areas instead of cleaning them up. Instead, those laws tell the public: don’t drink the water or build your house here.
  2. In 1994, Michigan OK’d partial pollution cleanups. Now we have 2,000 contaminated sites.2018/04/17
    At more than 1,600 sites across the state of Michigan, you can’t drink the groundwater. Well, you could, but it wouldn’t be safe or legal.
  3. When it comes to the Michigan DEQ, does public comment even matter?2018/04/12
    Earlier this month, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved a permit that allows the Nestle Corporation to pump up to 400 gallons of groundwater per minute to feed its bottled water operations in Osceola County.
  4. Forecasting spring migration to help birds avoid collisions2018/04/10
    People who study birds are now using radar to make maps that can forecast migration at night. They say these maps could help by reducing the number of birds that collide with buildings and wind turbines.
  5. Study: Class of flame retardant chemicals declines in kids' blood2018/04/05
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  6. Detroit suburb says it’s “paying for the sins” of MDEQ in Flint water crisis, sues state2018/04/03
    Jennifer Gilchrist moved from New York City back home to the Detroit suburb of Beverly Hills in 2016. She moved to help take care of her mom Joellen, a retired Detroit high school teacher, and to fix up her childhood home. That’s when a plumber told them they had a lead service line.
  7. Another reason why green lakes are not a good sign2018/03/29
    When you think about greenhouse gasses that are driving our warming climate, maybe you think about power plants or your car. But lakes can release greenhouse gasses, too, and the amount of nutrients that get into lakes from farms and cities matters.
  8. 20% of American diets have the highest carbon footprint2018/03/27
    Just 20% of Americans are responsible for 46% of the food-related greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. That’s one of the findings of a new study in the journal Environmental Research Letters .
  9. What will replace coal?2018/03/22
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  10. One year in, the Trump administration plans to continue dismantling environmental regulations2018/03/13
    The Trump administration has been in office for a little more than a year, and it’s done a lot to change the federal government’s stance on environmental issues -- from announcing the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, to opening up thousands of miles of U.S. coastline to offshore drilling.
  11. Killing the flu virus with a special kind of ultraviolet light2018/03/09
    It’s been a tough flu season. Health experts are always looking for ways to outsmart the influenza virus. David Brenner thinks he’s found a new way: a type of ultraviolet light called far-UVC.
  12. Public comments show how much and why people oppose Nestle water withdrawal2018/03/06
    80,945 against to 75 in favor. These numbers show the scope of the public opposition to a new proposal from Nestle. The company wants to be able to pump a lot more water out of the ground in West Michigan that it can bottle and sell under its Ice Mountain brand.
  13. Is Michigan making it too expensive for companies to go green?2018/03/01
    Early in February, Eastern Michigan University canceled classes due to a sloppy snowstorm. But it didn’t cancel a big event it had planned for a long time – the ceremonial flipping of the switch on its energy pride and joy: a brand new co-generation plant.
  14. Infographic: More than 30,000 water samples have been tested in Flint since the crisis2018/02/27
    Last month, the state of Michigan declared Flint’s drinking water quality "restored." To get to this point, it’s taken, among other things, more than 30,000 water tests.
  15. Do we still need to require utilities to use other companies' clean energy?2018/02/26
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  16. Study: Low income, rural areas most vulnerable to drinking water violations2018/02/20
    Low-income, rural areas are the most vulnerable to drinking water quality violations that could affect people’s health, according to a new nationwide study .
  17. Hundreds race to catch "dinosaur of a fish"2018/02/13
    This month, hundreds of spear fishers went to Black Lake in northern Michigan. They competed to catch just six lake sturgeon before the fishing season ended. Sturgeon are a state threatened species, and their harvest is tightly regulated.
  18. Oscoda residents wonder why state hasn't done more about PFAS foam2018/02/08
    People who live in Oscoda are concerned about foam containing toxic chemicals known as per-and-polyfluoroalkyl substances – or PFAS – that keeps appearing on Van Etten Lake. The serene lake in Northeast Michigan is surrounded by trees and houses. But it also has foamy stuff that looks like soap scum floating along its shores. Residents are wondering why the state isn’t doing more about it.
  19. Insecticides showing up in Great Lakes rivers 2018/02/01
    Insecticides widely used on farms, lawns and gardens — known as neonicotinoids — are showing up in rivers across the Great Lakes region.
  20. Traverse City high schoolers convince their Congressman to join climate caucus2018/01/30
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The Environment Report
Michigan Radio's "The Environment Report" hosted by Rebecca Williams explores the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

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