Michigan Environmental Report

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

Long track record, millage victory make Ford solid choice as RTA chief

MEC applauded the unanimous vote Wednesday by the board of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan to hire longtime transportation administrator Michael Ford as its new CEO.

MEC releases report exploring mileage fee to fund transportation system

MEC today released a report that explores the possibility of funding Michigan's transportation system by charging motorists based on the distance they drive.

Report: Overused pesticides injure Michigan workers and homeowners

A golf course employee spilled insecticide on his wet shoes. He awoke in the middle of the night, vomiting with a headache and a numb right foot.

Friday linkaround: Fracking, pollution and ancient hunters

The weekend's just about here! Before you hit the soccer fields or tackle that yard work, here's a quick look at some of the stories we've been following this week.

Transportation proposal a step forward on road funding, but detour bypasses public transit

There's not much left to say about the sorry state of Michigan's roads.

Tug of war: Senate approves trails package while House panel cuts funding for-you guessed it-trails

The Senate today approved a package of bills to establish a Pure Michigan Trail Network - an encouraging sign that state lawmakers recognize the important role world-class trails and other outdoor recreation assets can play in growing local economies and enhancing quality of life.

Legislation: Toxic industrial fill someone puts on your property is, well, none of your business

Should a property owner know if a contractor is placing a four-foot thick bed of toxic industrial waste below their businesses' new parking lot? Should a homeowner know if the same industrial waste is going underneath the road in front of their home? Should you be informed if industrial byproducts are present on a parcel of property you are buying?

Remembering an icon of environmental law