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The Canadian government has officially placed about half of its Lake Superior waters and much of its shoreline under its highest level of federal protection.
The Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) in the province of Ontario was formally established on June 24, according to the Canadian government.
The designation prohibits dumping, mining, oil and gas exploration and extraction in the lakebed, islands and shore areas within the sanctuary boundary. The guiding management principle is "ecologically sustainable use," said Parks Canada.
For the full article, see Garret Ellison, "Huge part of Lake Superior designated a Canadian marine conservation area", MLive, July 1, 2015.
After a series of landmark Supreme Court victories for the Obama administration last week, the White House took one on the chin Monday, losing a Michigan-led challenge to federal rules for coal- and oil-fired power plants.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state of Michigan's challenge to federal environmental rules regarding mercury and other emissions from power plants, saying the EPA must take costs into account when deciding if such rules are appropriate and necessary.
The court split 5-4 in favor of the challenge of the rules, in which Michigan and 22 other states argued that the costs of the regulations to power plants could be $9.6-billion a year, forcing some out of business or to pass on rate increases to customers, despite providing only $4- to $6-million in "quantifiable benefits" from reducing emissions.
For the full article, see Todd Spangler, "Supreme Court shoots down EPA power plant rules", Detroit Free Press, June 29, 2015.
A new kind of water infrastructure begins to permeate Detroit
Jun 25, 2015
Study looks at potential environmental effects of commercial fish farms in Great Lakes
Jun 25, 2015
Report: Not enough being done to clean up toxins in the Great Lakes
Jun 24, 2015
Federal regulators to brief Kalamazoo residents on Allied Site compromise plan
Jun 24, 2015
Scientists call for more cancer research on mixtures of chemicals
Jun 23, 2015
The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled for the second time in less than a year against three Clinton County townships in their efforts to block a proposed wind farm.
The 2-1 ruling was made by a panel that included judges Amy Krause, Cynthia Stephens and Kurtis Wilder, who voted against denying the motion.
Bengal, Dallas and Essex townships had sought a reconsideration of an earlier decision by the court in an attempt to regulate a wind farm proposed by Forest Hills Energy-Fowler Farms. The company plans to construct a total of 39 wind turbines within the three townships, with each turbine having a height of 427 feet.
Each of the townships had passed zoning restrictions that limited the height between 380 to 400 feet.
Clinton County Circuit Court Judge Randy Tahvonen ruled those restrictions were not made under the Michigan Zoning Enforcement Act and the the county ordinance, which allowed a height of 450 feet, was the controlling ordinance.
For the full article, see Tom Thelen, "Court rules against townships in wind farm dispute", Lansing State Journal, June 19, 2015.
You could call them Michigan's Water Warriors.
They're young, old, rich and everyday folks all fighting to protect Michigan's greatest natural asset — its water.
With one fifth of the world's fresh water supply on its borders, Michigan is in a league of its own.
With things like aging oil pipelines, horizontal fracking, Asian carp and water runoff from crops, there are lots of reasons to pay more attention.
For the full article, see Carol Cain, "Concerns rise over Great Lakes rise to new levels, Detroit Free Press, June 21, 2015.
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