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

Mackinac Bridge
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a new executive order to restructure and rename the Department of Environmental Quality. Last week the state Legislature overturned a similar order by Whitmer. 

Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plans to restructure the state Department of Environmental Quality could be over.

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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 regulators have approved permits for wells to accommodate a potash mine.