CNS Budget – Oct. 26, 2018

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Oct. 26, 2018 – Week 8
To: CNS Editors
From: Dave Poulson and Sheila Schimpf

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Correspondents, their contact information and the CNS publications each especially serves are listed here:

COALASH – Michigan electric utilities last year produced nearly 1.5 million tons of toxic coal ash, a material that may threaten the state’s drinking water. The amount of the material stored in landfills and settling ponds and that can contain arsenic, mercury and lead was reported recently in a study by the Michigan Environmental Council. Editors note: Story contains the amount of coal ash produced by each utility, including power plants in Marquette and near Holland. By Nick Kipper. FOR MARQUETTE, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS

ELECTIONWORKERIf you plan on applying to be a worker for this year’s General Election, be ready to share your political party affiliation with local officials. By Lance Cohen. FOR ALL POINTS

ENERGYUSE – The number of Michiganders producing some of their own electricity from solar, wind and water power jumped 35 percent in 2017. That helped offset some of their power costs, but it still amounts to a tiny bit of the state’s electricity needs, according to a recent report by the Public Service Commission. By Jeremy Wahr. FOR ALL POINTS


W/ENERGYALL – Map showing by county number of customers producing all forms of alternative energy. Source: Michigna Public Service Commission


W/ENERGYSOLAR Map showing by county number of customers producing all forms of solar energy. Source: Michigan Public Service Commission.


W/ENERGYWIND Map showing by county the number of customers producing wind energy. Public Service Commission.

BAILEYWhen Tom Bailey was just 17 he testified before the Senate Interior Committee on wilderness policy to lobby for more land at Isle Royale National Park. That was the start of an outdoor career that Bailey, recently retired from the Little Traverse Conservancy, relates in a new book, “A North Country Almanac: Reflections of an Old-School Conservationist in a Modern World.” By Kaley Fech. FOR MARQUETTE, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS

W/BAILEYBOOK – image of book cover

w/BAILEYPIX – image of author

UGLYALGAEHarmful algal blooms have changed how long Lake Erie anglers will fish, where they’ll fish and if they’ll fish. It’s because algae is ugly, according to a new study. By Marie Orttenburger. FOR ALL POINTS.


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