Oct. 21, 2016
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ADULTLEAD: While the Flint water crisis garners national attention for exposing children to lead, health authorities say an even greater lead threat is ignored by state and federal regulators. It’s the dust on the clothes and shoes of workers exposed to the element in the workplace. It’s a statewide health threat not only to workers but to their children, health authorities say. By Ray Wilbur. FOR ALL POINTS.
BANKS: If you’re a bank in Michigan the state takes a slice of revenue from your foreign operations that other states and even the federal government leaves untouched. Bankers are pushing for legislation to repeal the grab. By Bridget Bush. FOR ALL POINTS
BALLOTINITIATIVES: For the first time since 1968 elections officials won’t have to worry about statewide initiatives slowing voter lines. That’s because there aren’t any — just four years after presidential election voters waded through six of them on Michigan’s ballot. By Karen Hopper Usher. FOR ALL POINTS.
PEAKSHAVING: Energy experts want to encourage electricity users to save money and be green by running appliances on off peak hours. By Caitlin DeLuca. FOR ALL POINTS.
CSIGREATLAKES: Some trout in Great Lakes tributaries are just as contaminated with a chemical linked to respiratory, liver and skin ailments as the Pacific salmon that they eat. Findings from the new study should help inform decisions on eating fish, dam removal and stocking. Contamination happens when native river fish eat the eggs and flesh of migrating salmon and become exposed to PCBs and other contaminants like mercury and chemicals found in fertilizers and flame retardants. The findings should be considered by consumers eating fish from tributaries of the Great Lakes. By Carin Tunney. FOR HOLLAND, LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, LEELANAU, CHEBOYGAN, ALCONA, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, BAY MILLS, CADILLAC, CRAWFORD COUNTY, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD-STAR, BIG RAPIDS, GLADWIN, MONTMORENCY & ALL POINTS.
CLEANPOWERPLAN — Michigan can save money in the move towards clean energy by choosing a path that limits the amount of carbon dioxide produced by power plants, says a new Electric Power Research Institute report that also cites the expected closures of coal-based power plants in the next 15 years. By 2030, Michigan’s electric utilities must cut emissions by almost 32 percent of their 2005 levels under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. We talk to DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, the Public Service Commission and the Michigan Environmental Council. By Shruti Saripalli. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.
Oct. 21, 2016