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A hazardous waste landfill near Belleville that has gained the attention of Michigan lawmakers for accepting low-activity radioactive oil and gas fracking waste from other states is seeking approval for a tenfold increase in allowable radiation levels in the materials it receives.
The owners of the Wayne Disposal landfill, between I-94 and Willow Run Airport in Van Buren Township, filed an application with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality last October, seeking a hike in the radiation limit of materials it accepts and stores from the current 50 picocuries per gram up to 500 picocuries per gram.
The application is still under consideration by the DEQ.
For the full article, see Keith Matheny, "Van Buren landfill seeks tenfold increase in radiation allowances", Detroit Free Press, September 2, 2014.
The Anglers of the Au Sable formally announced today they would join with the Sierra Club in opposing a permit for a fish hatchery to be located on the Au Sable River.
The group announced in a press release it would ask an administrative law judge to reject a pollutant discharge permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to the Harietta-Grayling fish hatchery.
The group had previously signaled its opposition when the Sierra Club raised the issue.
"We are mystified why the state is not requiring the same standards and protocols that it follows at the state-of-the-art Platte River Hatchery," said Bruce PREGLER, chair of the Angler's board of directors, in a statement. "We are only asking that the Au Sable and its 'Holy Waters,' a nationally recognized blue ribbon trout stream, receive the same protection from this commercial hatchery that the state has adopted successfully in operating its own hatchery on the Platte River."
The Anglers also provided suggestions for revising the issued permit, including further limiting the introduction of phosphorus and limiting the introduction of total suspended solids and fish wastes into the river, according to a press release issued today.
For the full article, see "Anglers To Ask Judge To Halt Au Sable Fish Farm Permit", Inside MIRS Today, September 2, 2014.
The public will have two opportunities in September to see juvenile lake sturgeon released into Michigan waterways in a continuing effort to build populations of the ancient Great Lakes species.
The state Department of Natural Resources and several partners will host an event Sept. 6 at New Richmond Bridge Country Park in Allegan County.
It will feature tours of the sturgeon rearing facility, food, music and a tribal ceremony before the young fish are released into the Kalamazoo River.
Juveniles were collected from the wild in May and reared in the facility until reaching 10 to 11 inches, a size that gives them a better chance to survive.
The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will have another sturgeon release celebration Sept. 13 on the Big Manistee River.
For the full article, see "State, tribes to release sturgeon in September", Detroit News, August 31, 2014.
For years, conservationists have described the wooded and grassy duneland that sprawls near the Saugatuck channel as a "crown jewel."
When Oklahoma businessman Aubrey McClendon in 2006 bought 412 acres spanning both sides of the channel, prospects for protecting the entire tract dimmed.
Now, eight years later and as development still looms for more than 300 of those acres, a new effort is underway to bring all of the land into the public fold.
There's a twist -- ideas have been floated for public camping and fishing as part of the state's new "Water Trail" system.
But there's a big hurdle to overcome.
The land is not on the market.
For the full article, see John Tunison, "Camping and fishing at the Saugatuck channel? Conservationists try again for 'crown jewel' duneland", MLive, August 31, 2014.
The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America.
A number of cities and counties in California and other U.S. states, including Hawaii's Maui County, have made it illegal for grocery stores to pack purchases in plastic. But at the state level, opposition from plastic bag makers has usually prevailed.
The California Senate voted 22-15 for the bill, which must be signed into law by Sept. 30 by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has not signaled a position on the measure.
"Single-use plastic bags not only litter our beaches, but also our mountains, our deserts, and our rivers, streams and lakes," said state Senator Alex Padilla, who sponsored the bill.
For the full article, see Aaron Mendelson, "California Plastic Bag Ban Would Be First Of Its Kind In The Nation", Huffington Post, August 31, 2014.
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