Michigan Environmental Report

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

Friday linkaround: Rail line creates buzz, pesticide wipes out bees

Oh, man. It's Friday and it's summertime. Does it get any better?


Detroit students pave the way to city's rebirth

Springtime in a high school student's senior year is full of exciting rituals: the last day of school, the graduation ceremony, the open house.


A clean power plan for Michigan

Many of us working on energy and climate policy looked forward to June 2 like it was Christmas morning. That was the date set for the EPA to announce a new draft rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants, building on the Clean Power Plan President Obama drafted last summer.


Good budget news overshadowed by road funding dead end

Michigan lawmakers are in for a bumpy ride home.


Time is right-but running out-for transportation funding deal

Michigan's legislature has one week left before the summer recess. With the Detroit aid package finalized and a budget agreement shaping up, lawmakers face just one major hurdle before they head home to reconnect with their constituents.


To praise and protect: holiday thoughts on Michigan's public lands

Michigan's woodlands and waters are warming up, breaking into bloom, and will welcome thousands into their spring-into-summer embrace this beautiful holiday weekend. For me, our annual outdoor awakening brings to mind two simple observations about Michigan's public lands.


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.