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Contamination from more than 9,000 leaking underground petroleum storage tanks in Michigan has awaited cleanup for years, as a gasoline regulatory fee intended to fund such work was diverted by state lawmakers to plug general fund budget holes over the past decade.
The fee, 7⁄8-cent on every gallon of gasoline imported into or sold in Michigan, was originally levied in 1988 to create the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Financial Assurance Fund, or MUSTFA. Its purpose was to assist gas station owners and operators with the high costs of removing a leaking underground storage tank and cleaning up related contamination.
Overwhelmed by station owners needing help, the state halted the program in 1995. But it kept collecting the fee.
For the full article, see Keith Matheny, "Gas storage tanks leak as fund intended to help flows elsewhere", Detroit Free Press, January 19, 2014.
It’s good news for maple syrup producers. Michigan is gearing up to battle a pest that is laying waste to trees around Cincinnati and looms as a danger in this state — the Asian longhorned beetle.
The white-specked black bug drills and destroys hardwoods, including maple trees, said Keith Creagh, director of the state Department of Natural Resources.
“They like maple trees and we’re trying to keep them away,” said Larry Haigh of Bellevue, president of the Michigan Maple Syrup Association. “They could do as much damage as the emerald ash borer.”
The ash borer, which spread across the eastern one-third of the country, including Michigan, is the most destructive pest ever seen in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Gov. Rick Snyder used his State of the State address Thursday to pledge state money in 2015 to battle these beetles and other foreign invaders endangering Michigan tree, farm and tourism businesses.
For the full article, see Gary Heinlein, "Gov vows to fight beetle seen as threat to Michigan maple trees", Detroit News, January 18, 2014.
Managers at Sleeping Bear Dunes want take down more diseased Beech trees
January 17, 2014
Can sewage treatment plants protect fish from the chemicals in the water?
January 16, 2014
After “uncommon” incident, regulators keeping a close eye on Enbridge Energy pipeline installation
January 15, 2014
Michigan dams are in bad condition
January 14, 2014
What should we do about the trace chemicals found in drinking water?
January 14, 2014
The MSU Main Library has just purchased Environmental Studies in Video which promises to contain 500 hours of film covering all realms of environmental studies, particularly ethics, policy, economics, law, sociology, planning, and environmental science. The collection addresses specific topics including alternative energy, pollution control, eco-design, sustainability, farming and agriculture, the food industry, LEED certification, waste issues, and climate change. Check it out at
Individual titles will be added to the Library Catalog in a couple of months.
The $27 million plan to remove the downtown dams and restore the rapids to the Grand River will not add to future flooding risks, says Jason Carey, the Colorado engineer who developed the restoration plans for Grand Rapids Whitewater.
Grand Rapids Whitewater is working with state and federal regulators to develop a plan that would partially remove the Sixth Street Dam, remove all of the low-rise dams in downtown Grand Rapids, and restore rocks and shoals to the riverbed down to Fulton Street.
For the full article, see Jim Harger, "How would $27 million whitewater project affect Grand River during flooding?", MLive, January 11, 2014.
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