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Report shows positive trends for wind power in Michigan
October 24, 2014
Resilient Michigan project helps communities prepare for climate change
October 23, 2014
Scientists are looking for "survivor trees" in Michigan, and they want your help
October 23, 2014
Could scrap rubber help Michigan build better roads?
October 21, 2014
Lake Erie's toxic blooms spark new EPA grants
October 20, 2014
Environmental groups: Proposal to deregulate some toxic air chemicals too risky
October 20, 2014
A Wayne County hazardous waste landfill, under scrutiny for taking other state's low-activity radioactive wastes from oil and gas fracking, has withdrawn a request to state regulators to increase its allowed radiation limits tenfold.
Wayne Disposal Inc., operated by USEcology in Van Buren Township, made the decision as Gov. Rick Snyder has convened a special panel looking at the state's regulations on disposing of technologically enhanced, naturally occurring radioactive materials, or TENORM.
It's the low-activity radiation that is always present in nature, concentrated to higher levels through man-made processes such as oil and gas drilling. That includes the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in which fluids are injected into an underground mineral layer to rupture it and capture oil and gas that can't be obtained through traditional drilling methods.
"We felt it made sense to pull the request while the governor's panel assesses activity level limits for disposal in the state," USEcology spokesman David Crumrine said.
For the full article, see Keith Matheny, "Landfill drops request for tenfold radiation increase", Detroit Free Press, October 24, 2014.
Another season at Isle Royale National Park will end in two weeks, leaving the island park closed to visitors until next spring.
But as the last boat pulls away to cross Lake Superior, it will leave behind an endangered population of wolves which, for only the second time in more than four decades, has apparently failed to reproduce.
Scientists who study Isle Royale wolves and moose in a famed 55-year research project say they found no evidence of new wolf pups during their summer stay on the island.
For more information, see "Silence of the Wolves : A Lansing State Journal Special Report
For the full article, see Louise Knott Ahern, "More bad news for Isle Royale wolves", Lansing State Journal, October 22, 2014.
Consumers Energy Co. and the original 17 Mason County residents who sued the company over its Lake Winds Energy Park wind farm south of Ludington have settled their lawsuit on the eve of trial.
Settlement negotiations continue with two other plaintiffs who joined the 2013 lawsuit later, attorneys said. In their case, a trial in Mason County 51st Circuit Court has been postponed until after the first of the year.
Terms of the settlement with the first 17 plaintiffs are confidential. The deal was reached over the weekend and entered on the record Monday, Oct. 20, heading off a trial for which a pool of jurors was already assembled in court.
In the lawsuit filed in April 2013, the plaintiffs alleged that noise, vibrations and flickering lights from the wind farm's 56 towering turbines were causing sleeplessness, headaches, dizziness and other physical symptoms as well as economic loss. The lawsuit sought a court order for Consumers to "cease and desist in their activities" and to "abate the intrusions."
For the full article, see John S. Hausman, "Mason County wind-farm lawsuit against Consumers Energy settled for 17 of 19 plaintiffs", MLive, October 20, 2014.
All Great Lakes are above their long-term average depths for the first time since the 1990s. It's a remarkable turnaround from record-low water levels on Lakes Michigan and Huron as recently as January 2013.
"The rate of water level rise over the past two years on the Great Lakes is one of the most rapid rises we have ever seen — which is pretty amazing, because we have records going back to the mid-1800s," according to Drew Gronewold,,hydrologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor.
For the full article, see Keith Matheny, "Autumn anomaly: Deepest Great Lakes' levels rising, Detroit Free Press, October 20, 2014.
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