The Environment ReportAuthor: Michigan Radio
23 Sep 2020

The Environment Report

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The Environment Report, hosted by Lester Graham and other Michigan Radio reporters, explores the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan.

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    Did the Midland flood stir up contaminants that could hurt wildlife?

    The flood that was caused by heavy rains and the failure of two dams near Midland caused property damage far downstream. But the long term damage might be in the contamination of wildlife.

  • Posted on 15 Jun 2020

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    You only have a limited "right to know" under Right To Know laws

    The two dams that broke near Midland caused a massive flood that swept away bridges, roads, and damaged a lot of property. Because Midland is home to Dow’s original chemical complex, a lot of people were concerned about hazardous waste or waste in ponds at Dow.

  • Posted on 09 Jun 2020

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    Bill would eliminate most township regulation of gravel pits

    Tom and Michelle Joliat's lovely home in Metamora, Michigan is situated high on a hill with a stunning view of the woods below. Normally, it's peaceful and idyllic here. Metamora Township is a rural area about 25 miles southeast of Flint. But in the distance, you can sometimes hear the faint drone of the U.S. EPA drilling yet another monitoring well. The wells are monitoring the movement of a plume of groundwater contaminated with 1,4 dioxane and other toxic chemicals.

  • Posted on 18 Feb 2020

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    Rat poisons take care of rodent problems, but also kill wildlife and pets

    Wildlife are being poisoned and much of the time people using the poisons are not even aware of the danger. One Michigan resident is on a crusade to make people understand what’s at risk when they use rat poison.

  • Posted on 10 Feb 2020

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    No-till farming could cut greenhouse gases significantly

    We know that burning fossil fuels releases a lot of greenhouse gases. But there are other human-caused sources that contribute to climate change. As Lester Graham with the Environment Report found, one of them is how farmers plant crops.

  • Posted on 12 Nov 2019

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