Michigan's recycling rate falls well below the regional average. It stands at about 15-percent right now. Governor Rick Snyder wants to double the rate in the next two years. The head of the state's Department of Environmental Quality believes an Ann Arbor facility could play a role in boosting recycling across the state.
The group Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards is taking the effort to prevent an exploratory well from being drilled in Scio Township to court.
The group would not say who it's targeting with the suit, but president Laura Robinson says the state Department of Environmental Quality failed when it issued a permit to West Bay Exploration Company.
Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards holds an informational meeting at 7 tonight at the Scio Township hall.
1st Friday Focus on the Environment is a monthly feature on 89.1 WEMU. Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak this month looks at newly proposed state regulations for the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The guest this month is fracking expert Jaque Rose. Rose is co-founder of the activist group Friends of the AuGres Watershed.