Department of Environmental Quality

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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.  


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More than 60 drinking water systems in Michigan sampled last year had measurable levels of a class of long-lasting and highly toxic chemicals linked to cancer and a variety of other illnesses, state officials said Monday.

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Michigan's top environmental regulator says dealing with climate change will be a top priority for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order to restructure the Department of Environmental Quality could be overturned before any changes are made.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is restructuring the state’s Department of Environmental Quality.


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A Michigan beet sugar company will pay $562,500 in fines and environmental restoration costs for air and water pollution violations under a deal with the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued her first executive directive as Michigan’s governor. It requires state department employees to report threats to public health, safety or welfare up the chain of command. And it requires those threats to be investigated.


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Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the Flint water scandal have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors in exchange for more serious charges being dropped.

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Michigan legislators were poised Tuesday to remove legal protections from many of the state’s wetlands and other inland waterways, which provide wildlife habitat and perform vital tasks such as preventing floods.

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A western Michigan school has begun distributing bottled water after state environmental officials said it had elevated levels of toxic industrial chemicals.

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The state Legislature is back this week and Democrats want to see action on protecting people from chemicals in groundwater. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.


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Officials say chemical contamination in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula has missed an elementary school's drinking water well.

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State agencies in Michigan are inviting requests for funding of projects intended to prevent and control invasive species.

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has approved a permit for Nestle to pump a higher volume of water out of its well in West Michigan.  

Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.


A broken sewer line under a northwest Michigan bay has been replaced after spewing more than a million gallons of raw sewage over nearly seven weeks.

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