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ENVIRONMENT: Whether it’s radioactive waste, wetlands or foul air, environmental issues always are powerful issues in Michigan, as came through in the CNS interview with DEQ Director Russell Harding this week. Immediate environmental topics for this file include disposal of hazardous household chemicals, radioactive waste, and the fight over a proposed bottled water plant in West Michigan. Other stories cover Internet “spam,” cell phones in schools, and proposed strengthening of the state Boxing Commission.
AG NEXT: Department of Agriculture Director Dan Wyant will be next week’s interview, with questions likely on such things as loans for farmers, recall of jellies, sewage laws, and preservation of farmlands.
IN-DEPTHERS COMING: Next week’s file also will feature your second round of in-depth stories. Among the expected topics are nursing scholarships, septic-tank waste, school vouchers, colleges and the broadband revolution, and disturbing trends in women’s health issues .
Articles for week of Friday, March 15, 2002
HAZARDOUSWASTE — Leelanau County’s program to pick up household hazardous waste is growing so popular that there’s a waiting list for summer collection. By Elizabeth Daneff. FOR LEELANAU, MANISTEE, CADILLAC.
NUCLEARWASTE — Michigan power companies are crossing their fingers that a bill passes in Congress to open up a Nevada site to deposit radioactive waste before more piles up. By Audrey Barney. FOR ALL POINTS.
CELLPHONES — The state law banning student use of cell phones could be disconnected, if a Holland legislator’s bill passes. By Maureen O’Hara. FOR MIDLAND, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
BOXINGCOMMISSION — Rep. Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski wants to act muscle to state restrictions on boxers, although some officials wonder if his bill would give too much power to a proposed new commission. By Catherine Byrne. ATTN. SPORTS EDITORS. FOR HILLSDALE, SOUTH BEND & ALL POINTS.
INTERNETSPAM — That unwanted Internet “spam” would be prohibited under a Gaylord lawmaker’s bill to protect users’ privacy. By Allison Miriani. FOR MIDLAND, GRAND RAPIDS, HOLLAND & ALL POINTS.
WATERFIGHT — The Perrier company’s plan to open a bottled-water plant in West Michigan is causing a big splash among concerned residents. By Wanda Reese. FOR GRAYLING, MANISTEE, CADILLAC, GREENVILLE, LUDINGTON, GRAND RAPIDS, HOLLAND, LEELANAU & ALL POINTS.