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A new report finds annual solid waste disposal in Michigan landfills has steadily increased since 2013.


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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday ordered Michigan’s environmental agency to review its pollution-inspection procedures after the discovery of a bright green substance along the shoulder of a major interstate in suburban Detroit.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is proceeding with plans to set what may be some of the country’s strictest and most far-reaching limits on “forever chemicals” in drinking water.

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Seven school districts in Michigan are receiving electric buses under a program designed to boost cleaner air and alternative energy.

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Michigan officials say they’ve reached a deal with the US Air Force to speed up action to clean up PFAS contamination at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, they acknowledge that’s just one part of dealing with the state’s PFAS problems.


Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Michigan.
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A Michigan work group Thursday released recommendations for the state to implement the strictest standards in the nation for PFAS chemicals.


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Michigan on Monday launched a $2 million educational campaign aimed at boosting the state's low recycling rate and cutting the amount of materials improperly left in curbside bins.

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“We are the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. We refer to it as EGLE,” the department’s director Liesl Clark tells Kirk Heinze.  “The connection between our beautiful Great Lakes, our environment, and our energy component is foundational to what we do. It's part of all that happens in the department and is connected to our core mission of protecting public health and the environment. We know that a name change is really just a name change, and the work goes on. We're excited to do it. I'm proud of the folks that I'm working with.”


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There is a new state department in charge of environmental protection in Michigan starting today. That’s under an executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer to create the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.