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Border-to-Border Trail
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Border-to-Border Trail in Ypsilanti was scheduled to re-open this past May after being closed for a periods of two years.  Now, it’s July, and the trail remains closed. 


Rebekah Warren
Michigan State Democrats / senatedems.org

Last month, the Michigan Senate passed legislation that would lead to more oversight for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  The devil ,as they say, is in the details. IS it actually going to strengthen environmental protections?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warren about her thoughts on the bills that are now before the State House of Representatives. 


Water
Environmental Protection Agency / epa.gov

Money might be on the way to help fight perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in Michigan. 


Lisa Wozniak
Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

The 1,4 Dioxane plume emanating from the old Gelman Sciences facility in Scio Township is moving slowly moving towards the Huron River and, if left unchecked, could be dangerous to Ann Arbor's drinking water.  In this month's edition of "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak speaks to Mitch Adelman from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality about what is being done to contain this hazardous situation.


Water
Steven DePolo / flickr.com

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Ann Arbor 9th grader Yousef Emara, who took an environmental school project a step further by petitioning the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to limit Nestle's water-pumping activities in Michigan.


Mackinac Bridge
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The state is ordering Enbridge Energy to take swift action to fix portions of the Line 5 energy pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.  Corrosion protections were eroded during maintenance work on the line. 


Asbestos
Asbestos Testing / flickr.com

Michigan needs more asbestos inspectors but doesn’t have the funding to pay for them, according to the Legislature’s Auditor General.


Air Quality
Tony Webster / flickr.com

It has been a rather warm 2017 summer.  So far, there have been four Air Quality Alert, or Ozone Action Days, recorded.  These are days that pose heightened environmental and public health risks.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair learns more about the region's air quality in a conversation with the Senior Meteorologist for the Michigan Departmentt of Environmental Quality - Air Quality Division, Jim Haywood


Straits of Mackinac
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline continues to face public scrutiny. 


Huron River Watershed Council / hrwc.org

The Peninsular Paper Dam in Ypsilanti once provided hydro-electric power to the area.  Those days are long gone, and some believe it’s time remove the structure from the Huron River. This week, we explore the potential benefits of dam removal with the executive director of the Huron River Watershed Council, Laura Rubin.


Straits of Mackinac
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The state of Michigan has scrapped a risk study on Enbridge’s Line 5 and fired the contractor just a week before a first draft of the report was to be released.


Money
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

State spending plans are moving swiftly through the legislature.  A number were voted on last week, many of them with deep cuts from what the governor asked for.  


Washtenaw County Public Health / www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/

Recent events in our community, like the Ann Arbor area’s 1,4-dioxane plume, have increased residents’ awareness of – and concern about – the chemicals companies use.  While many state and federal regulations may exist that govern chemical storage and manufacturing, these regulations generally do not involve an onsite inspection component.  As a result, the programs are enforced on a complaint basis or incident, after the fact.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Kristen Schweighoefer,  Environmental Health Director for Washtenaw County Public Health, about 25 years of effort to manage these issues in Washtenaw County.


School Bus
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Volkswagen emissions settlement from earlier this year could lead to new school busses for some Michigan students.


Water
US EPA / flickr.com

Some state lawmakers got an early peek at Governor Rick Snyder’s new lead rules that are supposed to be rolled out this week.  A top state environmental official shared some details in testimony before a state House budget subcommittee.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Yousef Rabhi, representing the 53rd District, is one of three new State House Representatives from Washtenaw County.  We sent WEMU’s Jorge Avellan to spend a day with Rabhi and report on the work he’s doing on your behalf in Lansing.


Bottled Water
Steven DePolo / flickr.com

A new audit shows a state department is not in compliance with regulations on bottled water inspections. 

Washtenaw County
jimmywayne / flickr.com

A Washtenaw County Circuit Court judge will hear a motion this morning at 9AM regarding the 1,4 Dioxane situation in our area.  


Washtenaw County Public Health
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Washtenaw County, along with the its health department and health officer, has taken legal action on isses related to the area's 1,4 Dioxane contamination plume. 


Courtesy photo / Michigan Ttate University

It's been over a year since state officials in Michigan acknowledged Flint was in the midst of a water crisis and many of the city's children were suffering with high lead levels in their blood. Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha brought the lead concerns to the fore and has remained an advocate for the children and safe water in Flint and around the state. She discusses where we've been and where we're going with David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak . 


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

For decades, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been working with Gelman Sciences to clean-up the 1,4 Dioxane chemical the company released in certain parts of Ann Arbor.  To this day, the DEQ continues to say the levels are below their precautionary standards and are not harmful. To give voice to concerned residents, city, county and state officials put together Thursday night's town hall forum. 


Waste Management Task Force Holds A Public Meeting

Jul 21, 2016
Dump Truck
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People voiced concerns about possible alternatives to garbage dumps at a public hearing today. 


Landfill
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Washtenaw County has decided that its Solid Waste Management Plan is ready for revision.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Washtenaw County environmental services supervisor Jeff Krcmarik about how the plan will change.


Recycling
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Plans are getting underway to send less trash to landfills in Michigan and find more ways to reuse it.  A state Department of Environmental Quality task force plans a hearing today in Lansing to gather ideas from the public.  

Ann Arbor Wiki / localwiki.org

Candidates for Ann Arbor’s Ward 1 debated at the city’s Community Television Network studios last night. 


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