Toxic taps: Hazardous chemical plumes are growing at a former Air Force base in northern Michigan

Michigan Environmental Report
Last fall, Kathy Abernathy and Doug Trittin plunked down $720 to replace the pump that delivers groundwater to the taps in their Oscoda Township home, just a few blocks from Lake Huron. A couple of weeks later, they learned their well water was contaminated and were advised not to drink it or cook with it.
View ArticleAug 7, 2017  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

Summer is the perfect time to speak up for Michigan's public health and natural resources

Michigan Environmental Report
Summer is officially here, which means the legislature is off for its summer recess and many Michiganders are headed to their favorite vacation spots in the Great Lakes state. Summer sees us shifting gears here at MEC too. Instead of working the halls of the State Capitol, our staff is traveling the state, engaging the public on a multitude of issues. Since the legislators have left Lansing, we plan to take our concerns to their hometowns, and we’re inviting you to join us.
View ArticleAug 7, 2017  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

State of Michigan environmental programs at risk

Michigan Environmental Report
In June, the Michigan Legislature passed the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. MEC and our partners at Michigan League of Conservation Voters commissioned Public Sector Consultants to produce a budget analysis of the combined impacts of proposed federal budget cuts outlined in President Trump’s budget and the state budget cuts being considered for environment protection programs and activities.
View ArticleAug 3, 2017  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

Job Posting - Policy Associate / Energy

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan Environmental Council seeks a Policy Associate to coordinate and support MEC efforts to defend Michigan’s environment by shaping policy decisions made in the State Capital. With a primary focus on energy policy, this position will also assist all other MEC policy areas and initiatives. This position utilizes a range of skills and relationships to strengthen Michigan’s economic resilience in the face of climate change, fuel price uncertainty, pollution-related health impacts, and other challenges linked to our energy system. This position will be based in MEC’s Lansing, Michigan, headquarters.
View ArticleAug 3, 2017  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report
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First #HowYouDune freshwater dune summit celebrates Michigan’s coastal treasures

Michigan Environmental Report
More than 60 scientists, natural resource professionals, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and others gathered in Muskegon on May 7–8 for the Freshwater Dune Summit, organized by Michigan Environmental Council and our partners at Heart of the Lakes and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.
View ArticleJul 31, 2017  •  Spring / Summer 2017 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan's plan to improve water quality in Lake Erie won't get the job done

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The state of Michigan's plan to reduce pollution in Lake Erie shows good intentions but lacks teeth to make sure we will actually see any significant improvement in the water quality of the lake. On Thursday the Michigan Environmental Council and seven water protection groups submitted extensive comments on the draft Domestic Action Plan to the Department of Environmental Quality to improve Michigan's plan and ultimately, improve the health of Lake Erie. The public comment period ends today.
Read MoreJul 14, 2017
RELATED TOPICS: agriculture, water protection
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