Michigan Environmental Report
Editor's note: This is the second in an occasional series on transportation funding leading up to the May 5 special election. Read part one here.
Imagine a football field. Now imagine that your house is in one end zone, and just past the other end zone is a fence. Behind this fence is a drilling rig operated by a company trying to find oil and gas. At this distance, the rig is allowed to operate at 70 decibels, even overnight, which is the equivalent noise level of a vacuum cleaner. Unless you are in Oakland, Macomb, or Wayne County, lights from the drilling rig can shine through your windows all night, every night.
The Michigan Environmental Council joined more than 30 advocates at the State Capitol yesterday to educate lawmakers about the dangers of lead poisoning and the urgent need to maintain the state's current funding for removing lead hazards from homes.
MEC is proud to announce that we've hired Sean Hammond to strengthen our team of policy experts at the state Capitol.
The package of transportation-funding bills Gov. Snyder signed earlier this month sets the stage for a ballot initiative with high stakes for drivers, transit riders and Michigan's economy.
Gov. Rick Snyder today took a stand for conservation and good science by vetoing Senate Bill 78, which would have blocked state agencies from designating land to protect biodiversity.
One of MEC's most-read blog posts was a 2013 analysis that pointed out serious flaws in-and helped build the opposition needed to block-a controversial proposal to develop a road through a public dune preserve on the Lake Michigan coast.