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Stateside 5.17.2018

5/17/2018
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Today on Stateside , we discuss a report that says Wayne County can seize your home no matter how much you owe in taxes. And, we hear how the EPA and St. Louis, Mich. residents are working together on an effort to clean up the Velsicol Chemical plant.

Duration:00:50:02

EPA and St. Louis residents work together on effort to clean up former chemical plant

5/17/2018
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In 1973, a plant owned by Velsicol Chemical made a mistake and shipped a toxic flame retardant chemical to a livestock feed plant.

Duration:00:16:57

Two wolves hanging on with abundant moose on Isle Royale

5/17/2018
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The last two wolves on Isle Royale are still hanging on. The wolf-moose research study on the wilderness island in Lake Superior is now in its 60 th year, and the report from the past year of the study is out today.

Duration:00:03:59

A majority of Americans want the federal government to do more to protect air and water

5/15/2018
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A majority of Americans say the federal government isn’t doing enough to protect air and water quality. That’s the latest from a national Pew Research Center survey . The survey found 69 percent of Americans think the government isn’t doing enough to safeguard water quality, while 64 percent say the government isn't doing enough to protect air quality. Brian Kennedy is one of the authors of the report. He says they also asked people whether it’s possible to cut back on regulations and...

Duration:00:03:59

Anglers want lethal control for a fish-eating bird

5/10/2018
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Fishermen in northern Michigan say the federal government is doing nothing while double-crested cormorants eat up fish the anglers would like to catch. For more than a decade, the government used lethal force to keep cormorant numbers down. A lawsuit ended that and now the birds are showing signs of rebounding in places they are not welcome.

Duration:00:03:59

Trimming food-related greenhouse gas emissions in cities

5/8/2018
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A lot of cities have pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the wake of President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. That could mean things like cleaner busses – or energy efficiency. But a sizable chunk of our carbon footprint can be traced to how we get and use our food.

Duration:00:03:59

Stateside 5.3.2018

5/3/2018
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Today on Stateside , we learn the EPA is telling Michigan to clean up smog just as the agency unwinds clean air regulations. And, as foreign car makers ditch the Detroit auto show, organizers consider a date change.

Duration:00:49:17

EPA tells Michigan to clean up smog as agency unwinds clean air regulations

5/3/2018
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The EPA has handed down a clear message to Michigan: your air is not clear. The agency says too many people are living in areas with unacceptable smog levels , and it is giving the state three years to come up with a plan to clean up the air.

Duration:00:05:50

Why some air quality improvements are slowing down

5/3/2018
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Air quality has gotten better in the U.S. over the last several decades. But more recently, nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide emissions have not been decreasing the way people expected.

Duration:00:03:59

Zoo community split over best way to lift Michigan’s ban on breeding large carnivores

5/2/2018
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The Michigan Legislature is considering a bill that would allow both zoos and other facilities to breed large carnivores, such as lions, tigers, and bears. Such breeding was outlawed in 2000. But House Bill 5778 would lift that ban.

Duration:00:11:34

Can these hungry beetles save hemlocks from an invader?

5/1/2018
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An invasive insect is attacking hemlock trees in Michigan and along the East Coast. The hemlock woolly adelgid is an aphid-like bug, and it can kill hemlocks. In Michigan, people are watching what happens out east, where the pest has been established longer.

Duration:00:03:59

Big electric utilities want to change federal law requiring them to buy renewable energy

4/27/2018
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Stateside has been looking into changes to the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act ( PURPA ). The federal act requires electric utility companies to buy energy from solar, wind, and other renewable generators as long as they don’t have to pay more than it costs to generate that power themselves. Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg wants to end PURPA. We recently talked to the Congressman and a solar energy provider, but we felt like we needed to know more about PURPA itself.

Duration:00:07:10

Study: Republicans can be persuasive when correcting climate change misinformation

4/26/2018
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Republicans who correct misinformation on climate change can be even more persuasive than scientists.

Duration:00:03:59

New documentary airing on DPTV looks at all sides of Enbridge Line 5 debate

4/25/2018
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The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines have made national headlines, but could Enbridge's Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac pose the biggest environmental risk of all? That's the question posed by a documentary airing tonight on Detroit Public Television . It's called "Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes."

Duration:00:07:27

Little eggs, high winds and waves: a piping plover rescue story

4/24/2018
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Piping plovers are little shorebirds, and they're an endangered species in the Great Lakes region. But they’re making a comeback thanks to conservation efforts and even some heroics.

Duration:00:04:00

Is Michigan on the brink of an all-out stink bug invasion?

4/20/2018
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Have you seen any stink bugs in your house? Over the last few years, the brown marmorated stink bug has invaded the southern half of the Lower Peninsula. The invasive species is more than just a nuisance . It’s a threat to crops, too. Amy Irish-Brown , a senior educator at Michigan State University Extension, and Jim Engelsma , president of J. Engelsma Orchards, Inc., joined Stateside to discuss the characteristics of stinkbugs that make them so difficult to monitor, control, and predict.

Duration:00:09:57

The story of Henry Ford’s push to grow soybeans in America

4/19/2018
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As President Trump and Chinese leaders swap threats of trade tariffs, we've heard a lot of talk about what a 25 percent Chinese tariff might mean to soybean farmers in the U.S. and specifically in Michigan, one of the top soybean-producing states. But how did a legume primarily used in Chinese foods and native to East Asia wind up becoming such a major part of American agriculture? The answer: Henry Ford, who Time magazine declared in 1936 to be “a bean’s best friend.”

Duration:00:12:38

Deer need a break from UP snow “and they need it soon”

4/19/2018
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This truly is the winter of our discontent – even if spring officially arrived a month ago. As challenging as the snow, ice, and flood advisories are across the Lower Peninsula, snow has really hammered the Upper Peninsula. In just one example, more than two feet of snow fell in Menominee over the weekend. Some drifts were ten feet high. And that snow is threatening deer in the U.P.

Duration:00:03:39

When it comes to being allies of native people, some environmentalists have a blind spot

4/19/2018
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Protecting the Great Lakes and Michigan's natural resources is a crucial task that's best accomplished by Michiganders working together. That means all Michiganders, including the First Peoples. How can non-Indigenous people be good allies to Indigenous people?

Duration:00:13:11

Retired DEQ staffer: "Politics have become a much bigger part of what's driving the DEQ."

4/19/2018
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In Michigan, we have laws in place that give the state the power to essentially rope off polluted areas instead of cleaning them up. Instead, those laws tell the public: don’t drink the water or build your house here.

Duration:00:04:00

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