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    Michigan’s Importation of Canadian Trash

    Sarah Kenney

    The State of Michigan has had a long and controversial relationship with Canadian trash. Each year about 60,000 trucks carrying 2.25 million tons of trash enter Michigan from the north. Currently, it is estimated that about 17% of the trash in Michigan landfills is from Canada. The state ranks third in ...

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    Updating the Renewable Energy Standard

    Erik Hanser

    Public Act 295 was enacted in 2008 as Michigan’s first step towards a renewable energy standard. This act required cooperatives and municipal electric utilities to generate 10% of their retail electricity sales from renewable sources by 2015. Unfortunately, Michigan was in the last group of states to adopt such a standard ...

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    Dredging the Great Lakes Waterways

    Cameron Inglis

    Each year an estimated 100 million tons of cargo are making port in commercial harbors off of our Great Lakes. The ability of ports/harbors to handle freighters and other boats are crucial to the economy, commercial shipping industry and tourism for coastline cities across Michigan as well as the seven ...

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    Wind Energy in Michigan

    Joshua Moss

    In 2008, Michigan passed a Renewable Portfolio Standard in hopes that it will help the State make major advances in renewable energy development over the next decade. This requires electric utilities to generate at least ten percent of their energy from renewable sources or negotiate tradable renewable energy certificates by 2015. ...

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    Environmentally Sustainable Buildings: I …

    Whitney Gravelle

    The foundation of communities and their development is often attributed to the building sector as it provides a significant proportion of industrial activities, jobs, and residence to countless numbers of inhabitants, businesses, companies, and industries. The energy consumed in operating buildings accounts for 40% of all energy consumption and 72% ...

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    Biofuel Policy

    Andrew Smith

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    Tax Credits for "Green Buildings" …

    Alex Wilmot

    The push for energy efficient building practices in Michigan is under way with the introduction of legislation such as House Bill 4286 by Representative Bruce Rendon (R-Lake City) in February 2011. This bill seeks to amend the Michigan Business Tax Act (2007 PA 36) by providing tax credits for "green" ...

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    Problems at Palisades Nuclear Plant Appe …

    Michael Malloy

    The saying "no news is good news" is especially pertinent to nuclear power plants.  Operators of the Palisades Power Plant have surely been reminded of this recently, as the facility has made headlines over the past few weeks following a series of malfunctions and subsequent shutdowns.

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    Prospect for Natural Gas Drilling in Mic …

    Magnus Dahlberg

    Energy companies spent a record $178 million on oil and state-owned gas leases at a single auction last year, during the spring of 2010, following a successful well test in Missaukee County, MI. Michigan has been a hotspot for oil and natural gas drilling for decades, with deposits comparable to ...

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    Rick Snyder’s Michigan Economic Develo …

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    Tax incentives have been a huge help to businesses in Michigan and across the nation. By offering money to firms that are ready and willing to expand, their availability has spurred so many investments.
    Michigan's former governor, Jennifer Granholm, supported the offering of tax incentives to businesses. Under her watch, the ...

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    Electric Car Incentive Expansion Propose …

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    Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Lansing Democrat, introduced legislation Feb. 7 intended to boost the sales of electric cars. This Charging America Forward Act would allow buyers to claim tax credits at the time of vehicle purchase. Rather than waiting for a refund the following year, citizens purchasing electric cars could receive their ...

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    USDA Issues Partial Deregulation For Sug …

    Natalie Tononi

     

    On January 27th, the USDA issued a partial deregulation of Roundup Ready alfalfa outraging environmentalists everywhere. So when the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) decided to partially deregulate Roundup Ready sugar beets just a week later, controversy erupted. .

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    Michigan's Ban on Burning Garbage Begins …

    Matt Grossmann

    Life will change in Michigan beginning April 1, 2011 when the state's new burn ban on household waste takes effect. Citizens will no longer be able to burn household trash in their yards. Michigan is one of a few states and the only Great Lakes States currently permitting the burning of ...

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    GOP Victories Effect on Environmental Le …

    Natalie Tononi

    The "Grand Old Party", better known as the Republican Party, dominated the latest elections, but what does it all mean for environmental legislation? .

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    Creation of the Department of Natural Re …

    Marina Csomor

    The mission of Michigan's Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) is to manage, conserve, and promote environmental and natural resources and related economic interests for current and future generations of state residents. Among other aims, this department works to enhance the sustainability, diversity, and productivity of natural resources, improve Michigan's ...

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    Michigan Leases More Mineral Rights

    Marina Csomor

    From Oct. 26 - 28, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) auctioned off more than a quarter million acres of mineral rights, showing increased state interest in natural gas development on local lands. .

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    Detroit Incinerator vs. Landfills and Re …

    Natalie Tononi

              Detroit is home to the largest incinerator in the world, burning nearly 800,000 tons of waste a year and producing 68 megawatts of electricity per hour. This waste is then converted in to steam from natural gas and sold to Detroit Thermal and other similar companies. Detroit Thermal relies heavily ...

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    Enbridge Restarts Pipeline Responsible f …

    Marina Csomor

    On Mon. Sept. 27, the Enbridge Inc. pipeline that leaked over 800,000 gallons of oil into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River re-opened after a two-month shutdown. The 286-mile-long pipeline, running between Griffith, Ind. and Sarnia, Ontario, had been out of operation since spilling an estimated 820,000 to 1 million gallons of ...

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    Oil Spill Raises Concern about Pipeline …

    Marina Csomor

    In July, nearly a million gallons of oil were spilled from a fractured Enbridge Inc. pipeline into a tributary of the Kalamazoo river, leaving local wildlife coated in oil and area residents concerned that their air quality and water supply would be tainted by the fuel. This unfortunate accident has made ...

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    Research from the Recovery Act

    Nicole Jurado

    The industrial boom that occurred in southwest Michigan in the early and mid 19th century had an impact on more than just the Michigan economy. The rise in industry also led to an increase in pollution entering the Great Lakes, and specifically Lake Erie. Decades of pollution led to ...

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    Brownfield Laws

    Karen Singerman

    There are many areas in Michigan that include abandoned and devastated buildings. Many of these are the remains of once used manufacturing plants that have now been shut down and left to be used for other sources, such as new businesses or empty land to build future developments. However, ...

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