The Environment ReportAuthor: Michigan Radio
04 Dec 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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    Enbridge now inspects freighters to avoid another anchor strike on Line 5

    The Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Energy has been eager to show news media its new Enbridge Straits Maritime Operations Center in Mackinaw City. Its purpose is to try to prevent another anchor strike or other damage to Line 5, the dual pipelines carrying oil and natural gas liquids.

  • Posted on 28 Sep 2020

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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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