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Tiny plastic beads used in skin cleaners to scrub off grime took up more than 90 minutes of a House committee's time this morning as lawmakers debate how to keep the beads out of fish stomachs.
The topic of the day in the House Natural Resources Committee was "microbeads," an abrasive skin product the personal care products industry is phasing out of using due, in part, to new laws in California, Illinois and other states that ban them entirely.
Rep. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes) is pushing legislation, HB 4345, backed by the Michigan Chemistry Council and business groups that phase out the use of "non-biodegradable" plastic beads from products.
The concern is the beads wash down the sink, slip through the water treatment plants, get shot out with the treated water into lakes and streams, and are gobbled up by fish who mistake them for fish eggs.
All the while, the plastic soaks up various toxins that make it into the fish's dinner. So when that fish becomes a bigger fish's dinner, which then gets caught and becomes our dinner, we, too, are putting toxin-laden microbeads into our systems.
Democrats and environmentalists pushed back today because they see companies working around the word "biodegradable" to mean something that naturally breaks down in hundreds of years, which doesn't really help solve the problem.
For the full article, see "More Than A Little Issue Made Over Microbead Ban", Inside MIRS Today, October 6, 2015.
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The flow of tiny plastic pieces known as microbeads into the Great Lakes would be stymied by a House bill, some say, but others think the state should take more meaningful action.
HB 4345 would prohibit the manufacture and sale of products that contain non-biodegradable microbeads, tiny plastic items about the size of a ballpoint pen tip sometimes used as an exfoliant in beauty and personal care products. The beads are gathering in the Great Lakes, where Department of Environmental Quality officials say they are accumulating with other debris and being ingested by fish.
States including California and Illinois have already passed legislation banning microbeads and federal lawmakers are considering bans as well.
For the full article, see Emily Lawler, "Microbeads in the Great Lakes: Legislators butt heads over whether current legislation would help", MLive, October 6, 2015.
The 62-year-old segment of Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline underwater, at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, has been generating the most buzz and concern lately over how a spill from it would harm the Great Lakes.
But it's another segment of that same pipeline, out of the water and running through the Upper Peninsula along U.S.-2 highway for nearly 90 miles between Manistique and St. Ignace, that poses a more immediate — and just as dire — threat to the lakes, according to a U.S. Coast Guard oil spill contingency specialist. The 30-inch-diameter transmission line runs under at least 20 rivers and creeks that feed into northern Lake Michigan, and at points is within a half-mile of the lake.
For the full article, see Keith Matheny, "Great Lakes face threat from another Enbridge line", Detroit Free Press, October 4, 2015.
Biofuel Use in International Markets: The Importance of Trade
Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Reviews market trends for biofuels in the 2001-2013 period and why the U.S. became a net exporter of biofuels for the first time in 2010.
Connectivity of streams & wetlands to downstream waters: a review & synthesis of the scientific evidence.
Washington, DC: Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2015.
Environmental justice: key resources for building a community of practice for local use planning.
Washington, D.C.: United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2014.
EPA, California Notify Volkswagen of Clean Air Act Violations
Environmental Protection Agency
Agency press release which announced the violations of federal emissions standards by Volkswagen diesel engine vehicles from model years 2009-2015 which included software designed to trick emissions tests.
EPA Conducted Confirmatory Testing
Environment Protection Agency
Letter sent to vehicle manufacturers announcing additional evaluations of emissions devices designed to look for potential “defeat” devices. Follows revelation that Volkswagen diesel vehicles were equipped with software that turns emissions controls on and off to fool tests.
EPA Notice of Violation [to VW]
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA letter to VW officials notifying them of the ongoing investigation of their emissions control systems and the nature of the alleged violations.
Forest resources within the Lake States ceded territories 1980 - 2013.
Kurtz, C. M. et al.
Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 2015.
Gap analysis of the Great Lakes component of the National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON).
Gill, Stephen K.
Silver Spring, Maryland: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, September 2014.
Mining: Geographic Area Series (Michigan): Industry Statistics by Type of Operation for the State or Offshore Area: 2012.
National individual tree species atlas.
Ellenwood, James R.
Fort Collins, CO: United States Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, 2015.
The profit potential of certified organic field crop production.
McBride, William D.
Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 2015.
Reaffirmation of large biases in a long-used method for projecting changes in Great Lakes water levels in climate change scenarios.
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Ann Arbor. 2015.
A Regional View of Invasive Plants.
Resistance-surface-based wildlife conservation connectivity modeling: summary of efforts in the United States and guide for practitioners.
Wade, Alisa A.
Fort Collins, CO: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, June 2015.
Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock Status in Michigan, 2015.
Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources. Lansing, 2015.
Saginaw Bay Multiple Stressors and Beyond. Summary Report.
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Michigan Sea Grant. 2015.
Sea-Level Rise Modeling Handbook: Resource Guide for Coastal Land Managers, Engineers, and Scientists
This sea-level rise handbook has been designed as a guide to the science and simulation models for understanding the dynamics and impacts of sea-level rise on coastal ecosystems.
Water quality monitoring protocol for inland lakes: Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network, version 1.1.
Elias, Joan E. et al.
National Park Service, Fort Collins CO. 2015
What drives U.S. gasoline prices?
Washington, DC: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2014.
Acorns making you nuts? A Michigan animal shelter will take them
Oct 1, 2015
State officials say they've nearly reached goal for Lake Erie, critics say "not so fast"
Oct 1, 2015
Lawmaker wants to ban Great Lakes fish farms
Rick Pluta, Jake Neher & Peter Payette
Oct 1, 2015
Flint mayor to state: Approve plan “as fast as humanly possible” to help keep lead out of water
Sep 29, 2015
Lab tests ways to kill creatures lurking in the bottom of ships
Sep 29, 2015
Flint Community Schools want kids to bring bottled water to school
Sep 26, 2015
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