U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   An appeals court is offering sympathy to the Marquette County Road Commission, but not a favorable decision in a dispute over a new road and wetlands. 

The Commission lost an appeal on County Road 595 Tuesday. Local officials wanted to create a more direct route for trucks between the Eagle mine and a processing mill in Humboldt Township.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised objections over the impacts. The road commission decided to give up when the application was transferred to a different agency.

TOLEDO, OH (AP)--   Researchers are working on creating an early warning system that can spot when algae begins showing up on hundreds of lakes across the U.S.  

The project sets out to use real-time data from satellites that already monitor harmful algae hotspots on Lake Erie in Ohio and Chesapeake Bay along the East Coast.

The plan is to have it in place within two years across the continental U.S.

Harmful algae blooms on freshwater lakes are becoming a growing concern and can sicken people and pets and contaminate drinking water.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   A Democratic member of Congress says the Michigan laboratory that tests vehicle emissions could be closed under President Donald Trump's proposed budget. 

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell says Trump's proposal would slash the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 31 percent. The proposal, which hasn't been finalized, would have to win approval in Congress.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   Michigan is denying allegations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that officials aren't doing enough to include minorities in the public participation process over permits. 

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Michael Shore says in a statement to the Detroit Free Press that public participation processes have been expanded over the past 20 years to address the EPA's concerns.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Fuel economy is at a record high as new technology helps vehicles lose weight and drive more efficiently. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the fuel economy of 2015 model-year vehicles increased 0.5 mile per gallon to 24.8 miles per gallon.

Mazda had the highest average of 29.6 mpg. Fiat Chrysler had the lowest, at 20.8 mpg.

Most manufacturers improved over 2014, but General Motors and Toyota both had higher fuel economy in 2015 because they produced more trucks.

MARSHALL, MI (AP)--   Enbridge Energy Partners will pay a $61 million penalty for the costliest inland oil spill in U.S. history under an agreement with federal officials.  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced the settlement Wednesday over a 2010 pipeline rupture near Marshall, Michigan, that released an estimated 843,000 gallons of crude oil. A nearly 40-mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River was polluted as shoreline residents fled their homes.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The U.S. House has approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water.  

The bill is the first approved by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Flint stopped using treated water from Detroit and switched to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. Regulators failed to ensure the water was treated and lead from aging pipes leached into the water supply, contributing to a spike in child lead exposure.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a synthetic sexual lure to help capture sea lampreys in the Great Lakes.  

Lampreys are eel-like creatures that invaded the lakes in the last century and severely depleted populations of trout and other native fish. They use suction-cup mouths and razor-sharp teeth to fasten themselves to their prey and suck out body fluids.


TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Officials say Michigan is on track to meet federal requirements for reducing carbon emissions from electric power plants.  

Valerie Brader of the Michigan Agency for Energy says the state could stay on its present course for the next 10 years without falling out of compliance with a timeline set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But further steps eventually must be taken.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Farm Bureau is joining a challenge of federal water regulations that  

supporters say are essential to protect headwaters and wetlands from pollution but opponents describe as government overreach.

The Environmental Protection Agency rule took effect in August but federal courts have blocked it in response to lawsuits from more than half the states, including Michigan.