Michigan Environmental Report

News from Michigan Environmental Council on public policies affecting the health of Michigan's people and environment

Help us tell the DEQ: Michigan families aren't guinea pigs

For more than a year MEC has been sounding the alarm about the state's plan to deregulate emissions of some 500 toxic chemicals into Michigan's air.

Celebrate America Recycles Day by giving the gift of a curbside cart!

Nov. 15 is the 18th annual America Recycles Day, billed by the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful as "the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States."

Less than stellar state transportation funding outcome has 3 bright spots

The transportation funding package Gov. Snyder signed into law on Tuesday brought a disappointing end to the years-long debate over how to raise much-needed funding for Michigan's transportation system.

Flint water crisis: Policy changes needed to restore public trust

In what has become a national news story and a full-fledged public health emergency, state officials now acknowledge that unsafe drinking water has exposed children, pregnant women and other Flint residents to dangerous levels of lead.

MEC and Tip of the Mitt highlight policy options worth pursuing in new UM fracking report

The University of Michigan last week released a report three years in the making that offers a comprehensive review of Michigan's policy options regarding fracking for natural gas and oil.

It's getting hard to keep up with solar's growth

News of the solar power industry's growth has been so fast and furious lately that it's hard to stay on top of it all.

At pivotal moment for climate, two Michigan marches seek action, justice

Two landmark marches for climate justice are coming up in Michigan.

Snyder takes important step on straits pipelines, but more work ahead

Gov. Rick Snyder today took an important step toward protecting Michigan's communities and waterways from oil spills by issuing an executive order that creates a Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board.