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High water threatens Frankfort's Point Betsie Lighthouse

Large waves and Lake Michigan’s record high water level are breaking down the barrier that protects the historic Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort. Key parts of the structure are fractured and falling apart. Supporters of the lighthouse are trying to get repairs done. But Interlochen Public Radio's Taylor Wizner reports that a lengthy process may stand in the way. On an overcast February morning, a cold wind swept inland from Lake Michigan, dusting Point Betsie Lighthouse with snow. Jed...


Bill would eliminate most township regulation of gravel pits

Tom and Michelle Joliat's lovely home in Metamora, Michigan is situated high on a hill with a stunning view of the woods below. Normally, it's peaceful and idyllic here. Metamora Township is a rural area about 25 miles southeast of Flint. But in the distance, you can sometimes hear the faint drone of the U.S. EPA drilling yet another monitoring well. The wells are monitoring the movement of a plume of groundwater contaminated with 1,4 dioxane and other toxic chemicals.


Stateside: Shoreline erosion; Detroit-made film at Sundance; lotto money and school funding

Today on Stateside , what the worsening erosion of Great Lakes shorelines looks like from a bird’s eye view. Plus, an expected flood of absentee ballots this November has some of Michigan's clerks nervous about timely reporting. We talk to a state senator who says accuracy is more important than speed when it comes to counting votes.


Aerial video captures dramatic erosion of Lake Michigan shoreline

Record high water levels in the Great Lakes are wreaking havoc on Michigan’s shorelines. Dramatic erosion along the shore has put both private homes and public infrastructure at risk. Randy Claypool , aerial videographer and owner of Truly Michigan Aerial , captured footage that shows just how severe erosion is along Lake Michigan.


Rat poisons take care of rodent problems, but also kill wildlife and pets

Wildlife are being poisoned and much of the time people using the poisons are not even aware of the danger. One Michigan resident is on a crusade to make people understand what’s at risk when they use rat poison.


Head of Enbridge Line 5 tunnel project talks about transparency, what’s happening at the Straits

Work continues this week on the Enbridge tunnel planned beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel would house replacements for the twin pipelines known as Line 5. Michigan leaders are still locked in legal action with the company over the project. Last week, a panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals rejected a state request to halt construction. Stateside talked to Amber Pastoor, Great Lakes Tunnel Project Manager for Enbridge, about the company’s progress on the project, as well as recent...


Stateside: Enbridge official, environmentalist on Line 5; Michigan metal band earns 2 Grammy noms

Today on Stateside , we talk to the head of Enbridge's tunnel project about what's happening with Line 5. Plus, a conversation with the Detroit-based metal band I Prevail, which is nominated for two Grammy Awards this year.


TIMELINE: State officials knew about the problems at Electro-Plating Services for 30 years

Thirty years before toxic green ooze spilled onto a Madison Heights road, the state's Pollution Emergency Alerting System hotline received a complaint about chemical storage pits dug into the basement of Electro-Plating Services (EPS). For three years, it appears the state took no action. Then, in 1993, another complaint was made to the hotline. This time, the state investigated.


Stateside: Michigan sues 3M over PFAS; cost of Flint water crisis; Jeff Daniels premieres new play

Today on Stateside , it’s been four years since the state announced a criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis. We talked to two journalists who covered the crisis about lessons learned on government accountability and public health. Plus, the state of Michigan files suit against some of the biggest names in corporate America over PFAS contamination. We'll hear about how a similar case played out in Minnesota.


Stateside: Partial collapse of uranium-contaminated site; new UAW president; Michigan folk songs

Today on Stateside , an old industrial site contaminated with uranium since the World War II has partially collapsed into the Detroit River. Plus, a group of West Michigan musicians have brought old Michigan folk songs once sung by sailors and lumberjacks back to life.


Stateside: Lake Erie’s cyanobacteria blooms; a net-zero neighborhood; “rights of nature” movement

Today on Stateside , we hear about the plan for a unique “net-zero” community in Ann Arbor. Plus, dispelling the stereotype that Michigan wine can't compete on the world stage.


Stateside: Why the DNR okayed wolf killings; citizen activists on PFAS; expanding food assistance

Today on Stateside , what newly-released emails between state officials reveal about the behind-the-scenes negotiations that allowed federally-protected gray wolves to be killed in the Upper Peninsula. Plus, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, a look into the former president's long list of health problems and why they were hidden from public view.


PFAS-contaminated water turned residents in a W. Michigan community into activists

In the past several years, dozens of communities across Michigan have learned their drinking water is contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. This group of chemicals, commonly referred to as PFAS, are “forever chemicals.” They persist in the environment and in the bodies of people regularly exposed to them without breaking down.


"Here we are again:" Decades after PBB crisis, echoes seen in current PFAS crisis

In 1973, an accident at a chemical plant in the small town of St. Louis in the middle of Michigan’s mitten triggered one of the largest mass poisonings in American history.


PFAS clean-up costs are increasing. Michigan taxpayers may have to foot the bill.

Terry Hula loves Christmas. So much so, she and her husband, Tom, bought a home 28 years ago that was surrounded by a Christmas tree farm.


State moves forward on draft rules to regulate PFAS in drinking water

The state of Michigan is a step closer to establishing the limits of PFAS in drinking water. PFAS is a family of chemicals that have been discovered in high levels in drinking water at sites across the state. Yesterday the Environmental Rules Review Committee voted to move the draft regulations forward. If approved, the new regulations will be among the strictest in the nation. The next step is a public comment period along with public hearings, which are expected to be announced before...


Contaminated drinking water is America’s most significant public crisis, says author and activist

The Flint water crisis showed the state—and the country—that clean drinking water isn't something we can take for granted. But it isn’t just Flint. Recent water samples put St. Clair Shores on the list of Michigan communities with high levels of lead in their water. Other areas of the state are worried about PFAS contamination.


Stateside: Critical minerals; empowering Muslim girls with books; Detroit zoo and climate change

Today on Stateside , we hear from two sisters working to increase Muslim representation in the books at libraries. Plus, we talk to the director of the Detroit Zoo about the role that zoos can play in addressing the impacts of climate change.


No-till farming could cut greenhouse gases significantly

We know that burning fossil fuels releases a lot of greenhouse gases. But there are other human-caused sources that contribute to climate change. As Lester Graham with the Environment Report found, one of them is how farmers plant crops.