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Critics say new Ohio law isn't enough to protect Lake Erie from fertilizer runoff
August 21, 2014
Report: Toxic algae just one way climate shifts are changing the American outdoors
August 19, 2014
Study finds food allergies are more common in inner-city children
August 19, 2014
Dioxin cleanup downstream from Dow Chemical to enter next stage
August 19, 2014
Toledo Mayor compares water crisis to a terrorist attack
August 19, 2014
$20M partnership formed to study coastal estuaries
August 18, 2014
The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) is preparing to do battle with the Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) on the issue of green algae in Lake Erie as the MEC believes it is time to end the voluntary control of fertilizer runoff.
The MEC will announce in a week or so that it wants tighter controls on the runoff problem knowing full well the agriculture industry favors the voluntary status quo.
The environmental lobby will argue that it is clearly not working and that in part resulted in the water contamination problem recently in Toledo where residents in Michigan and Ohio were forced to use bottled water because the Lake Erie water was unsafe for human consumption (See "Totten Links Schuette To Erie Algae Bloom Via Philly-Based Lawsuit," 8/4/14).
The details of the MEC recommendations are still being finalized, but it will suggest that it is "time to stop the finger pointing" and get to work on this problem.
On another matter, the MEC is likely to embrace the legislation proposed this week by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) to stop the shipment of radioactive waste from Pennsylvania to a landfill outside of Detroit.
The MEC's James Clift reported that the waste coming out of that state has greater risk of contamination because it is more radioactive than the material now stored from Michigan sources (See "DEQ: Imported Radioactive Drilling Waste Nothing New," 8/19/14).
"It needs to be regulated," Clift said and while he has not heard from Jones' office on this, but "I think we will be supportive."
For the full article, see "MEC Wants Stricter Regulations For Lake Erie", Inside MIRS Today, August 20, 2014. MIRSNews.com is available via the MSU Library electronic resources page. Access is restricted to the MSU community and other subscribers.
The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan is planning a protest of receiving radioactive water from hydraulic fracturing operations outside the state at a Michigan landfill. Though the group did not know Wednesday when the trucks containing the waste would be arriving, leaders said they would "greet the trucks in a visibility event when the wastes arrive at the Belleville processing and disposal facility."
"This is a wake-up call for Michiganders that all fracking operations and the impacts on people are connected. Our entire state is a frack waste dumping ground for frack operations in Michigan and from other states," LuAnne Kozma, campaign director, said in a statement. "This particular waste is coming from a county in Pennsylvania where the residents are living among over 800 frack wells, four impoundments and other frack industry complexes, all of which is affecting their health and wellbeing."
The group had unsuccessfully tried to put an issue on the November ballot to ban fracking in the state.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 162, August 20, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
For more information see "Radioactive frack waste headed to Michigan from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale", Ban Michigan Fracking Blog.
The nearly unprecedented flood waters that caused havoc for thousands of Macomb County homeowners featured an added punch –- at least 321 million gallons of sewage dumped into the streams, rivers and eventually Lake St. Clair during the harrowing 24 hours following the massive rainstorm that hit last week beginning Monday morning.
That huge discharge included nearly 6 million gallons of raw sewage, untreated waste that floated through residential neighborhoods in Warren and Clinton Township.
Worse yet, the full picture of how much contamination fouled the flood waters of Aug. 11 is still not known. Ten days after the storm, officials at the George W. Kuhn Drain in south Oakland County, located on Dequindre Road in Madison Heights, have still not reported how much sewage they disbursed into the Red Run Drain in Warren. That pollution flows through the Clinton River to Lake St. Clair.
Past trends suggest the Kuhn sewage retention basin, formerly known as the Twelve Towns Drain, could boost the total wastewater levels dumped into the waterways above one-half billion gallons.
The 321 million gallons of pollution reported so far is approximately equal in volume to 487 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Chad Selweski, "Millions of gallons of raw sewage dumped in Macomb County", The Macomb Daily< August 20, 2014.
The illegal trade of elephant tusks out of Africa could one day lead to the animals’ ultimate demise, Colorado State University’s George Wittemyer and his colleagues warned this week (August 19) in PNAS. Poaching of tens of thousands of African elephants during the last four years has sped up the global decline of the species, the team noted in its analysis of carcass data as a measure of illegal killing.
“We are shredding the fabric of elephant society and exterminating populations across the continent,” Wittemyer told BBC News. However, added study coauthor Julian Blanc, “different areas are affected differently.”
“There are still healthy growing populations in parts of Africa, Botswana for example. But in other places the poaching levels are devastatingly high, and that is particularly the case in Central Africa,” Blanc told the BBC.
For the full article, see Tracy Vence, "Poached Toward Extinction? : Tens of thousands of African elephants have been illegally killed in the last four years, a report shows", The Scientist, August 20, 2014.
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