A House Bill was recently passed that reclassifies coal ash and a handful of other petroleum byproducts from hazardous waste to low-hazard materials that are suitable for “beneficial uses”.
The coal ash and byproducts will be repurposed to pave roadways and enrich farmland, but environmental watchdog organizations warn that the mercury that is trapped in the ash could eventually leach into groundwater and soil.
In this week's installment, WEMU's David Fair looks at how technology will help spare the lives of birds around windmill farms, and better map delicate ecosystems. The guest this week is Russell Conard. Russell is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for the Washtenaw County start-up company Ornicept.
Hidden dangers posed by underground oil pipelines could threaten the Huron River. Laura Rubin is Executive Director of the Huron River Watershed Council, and she's our guest on this week's Issues of Environment from WEMU.
Grants encourage students to walk or bike to school rather than ride in a car or school bus. First ward Ann Arbor city council member Sabra Briere is our guest this week on Issues of the Environment from WEMU.
Find out more about fair food systems on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU. Our guest is Oran Hesterman, who discusses fair food systems in Washtenaw County, and some of the ways in which the county is working to provide equitable access to sustainable foods for all residents.
This week's Issues of the Environment presents part two of our series on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Washtenaw County. Our guest is Jim Peters, Operations Manager for Northstar Energy, and a representative for the Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Educational Foundation.
On this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, the first of two discussions on 'fracking', or hydraulic fracturing, in Washtenaw County. Our guest this week is John Callewaert, the Director of the Integrated Assessment Program for the University of Michigan's Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.
The status and future of public transportation in Washtenaw County is the topic of this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU. Our guest is Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Yousef Rabhi.
Weighing the pros and cons of incentive-based energy programs. David Wright is the Clean Energy Program Director at the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.
Sustaining our food future through aquaculture. Jim Diana is a Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.
January is radon awareness month. Washtenaw County environmental educator Angela Parsons is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU. She explains the dangers of radon and why you might want to have your home tested for the cancer-causing gas.
What mode of holiday travel is best for the environment? Dr. John DiCicco has some answers. DiCicco is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources, and a researcher at the UofM Energy Institute. He's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.
Growing the local food movement. Our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU is Jane Bush, owner of Apple Schram Orchard near Lansing, and a business development consultant for food and farm systems.