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Michigan Environmental Report

Fall 2007

Vol. 25 Issue 4

Detroit refinery expansion: Will Marathon learn from BP?

Michigan’s only oil refinery wants to get bigger, potentially adding to air pollution in a southwest Detroit neighborhood that already is bordered by two expressways, a steel mill, a salt mine, and dozens of other heavy-duty industrial facilities.
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Q&A with governor's new energy chief

Stanley “Skip” Pruss recently left his post as a deputy director with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to serve as Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s special advisor on renewable energy and the environment.
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RELATED TOPICS: clean energy

Pollution-induced asthma: Tiny daggers in the lungs

Particulate matter pollution - more commonly known as smog - from industrial sources, including oil refineries, can trigger heart attacks, respiratory illness and asthma attacks in children.
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Legislative budget debacle requires re-examination of leadership, term limits

There were few heroes and not a lot to admire in the tortuous road to Michigan’s recently passed tax, budget and policy bills. But it could have been worse, and I was among those who let out a collective sigh of relief at 4:30 AM on Oct. 1.
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RELATED TOPICS: legislation

Real or fake?

Paper or plastic? Cans or bottles? And as the holiday season approaches, add this dilemma: Real or fake? Every year, millions of consumers face the same choice—a real Christmas tree or an artificial one?
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Beware: Toxic dangers may lurk in holiday decorations

Artificial Christmas trees are not the only holiday decoration containing lead—a potent neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to the developing brains and bodies of young children.
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WonkTalk: Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)

Welcome to "WonkTalk," a new Michigan Environmental Report featurette designed to put environmental geekspeak and arduous acronyms into plain English.
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RELATED TOPICS: clean energy, climate change

Detroit River: Ruin and recovery

The incredible story of the Detroit River’s decline and resurgence was commemorated Sept. 1 with the placement of the first historical marker on Michigan’s Conservation Trail at the gateway to the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge in Trenton.
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Culture, commerce and natural resources pay no heed to municipal boundaries

Communities are defined by where people work, shop and play—and where their natural assets are—not by municipal boundaries, according to a new report, <em>Breaking Down Barriers to Cooperative Land Use Planning</em>. The report was recently released by the Land Information Access Association (LIAA) in Traverse City.
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RELATED TOPICS: land use

Joint planning projects across the state earn kudos

Several local projects have achievements to report, and the lessons learned from each can be enlightening for leaders and advocates hoping to get more out of their local planning processes.
View Article2007-10-22  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: land use, Smart Growth

The Au Sable gets a scouring

Volunteers galore hit the water the weekend after Labor Day for the Anglers of the Au Sable’s 13th annual River Cleanup, scouring more than 90 miles of stream.
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Kent County initiative aims to keep septic sewage from burbling into waterways, drinking water supplies

About one million gallons of untreated waste from toilets and drains are leaking from septic systems each day in Kent County, fouling streams, endangering human health and driving up costs for homeowners and taxpayers, according to a report released in July by Clean Water Fund.
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RELATED TOPICS: water protection

Legislature takes on toxic lead in kids’ toys

Toys should be safe. It is just common sense that the things we give to young children—and that almost certainly end up in their mouths—should not contain lead and other hazards.
View Article2007-10-22  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: environmental toxins

Editorial: Pesticide rules do little to protect children and pregnant women from dangerous lawn care chemicals

More than two years after the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) opened up the rulemaking process for pesticide use in Michigan, the verdict is in, and it’s not pretty.
View Article2007-10-22  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: agriculture, legislation, pesticides

Entrepreneurs to legislature: Give us the tools to make Michigan a wind power player!

Hoping to rouse a legislature distracted by the state’s budgetary woes, wind energy experts and entrepreneurs addressed their role in Michigan’s economy at the "Manufacturing and Developing Wind Energy Systems in Michigan" symposium held Sept. 10 and 11 at Michigan State University.
View Article2007-10-22  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: legislation, wind power
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