Energy & The Environment
From Great Lakes Now to Beyond the Light Switch, Detroit Public Television brings you in-depth coverage and reporting of important energy and environmental issues.
Unchanged Mission: Activists say a Nestle Great Lakes exit doesn’t resolve bottled water issue
by Gary Wilson on July 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Nestle might be selling its contentious Michigan bottled water brand, but water rights activists in the Great Lakes region aren’t so quick to let go of the issue. Swiss-based Nestle recently announced it’s looking for buyers for its North America regional brands including Ice Mountain which has operated in Michigan since the early 2000’s. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.
Tribes, advocacy groups sue EPA over rule narrowing scope of federal waterway protections
by Indiana Environmental Reporter on July 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm
By Enrique Saenz, Indiana Environmental Reporter A group of native American tribes and labor and environmental groups filed suit to stop the implementation of a new federal rule that limits the scope of waterways under federal protection. The Quinault Indian Nation, Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Pascua Yaqui Tribe filed suit in Washington state against the U.S. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.
Contaminated Ground: Indiana’s City of Mineral Water faces specter of health threats
by Indiana Environmental Reporter on July 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm
By Beth Edwards, Indiana Environmental Reporter Once known as the City of Mineral Water for the healing power of its spring-fed spas, Martinsville, Indiana, now faces the specter of health threats caused by the contamination of its water supply. For the past 20 years, slow-moving groundwater plumes contaminated with potentially dangerous chemicals have seeped into the city’s municipal well field and drinking water plant. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.
Slow Legislation: Flushable wipes become an issue in court and in law
by Natasha Blakely on July 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm
Fatbergs — massive buildups of wipes and hygiene products congealed with greases and oils — make for a cringe-worthy topic. And the damage they cause to sewer systems can be a huge amount of trouble for the people in charge of those sewer systems. That includes Candice Miller, the Public Works Commissioner in southeast Michigan’s Macomb County. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.