CNS Budget – June 14, 2019

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June 14, 2019 – Summer environmental bonus 2

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson

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Editors: Note that this week we placed images directly into the posts instead of as links to separate downloads. Let us know if that causes problems on your end.

This is the second of occasional summer bonus budgets of environmental stories produced by our partner, Great Lakes Echo. They will move periodically through the summer.

Here is your file:

COAL ASH: A new national study sharply criticized electric utilities for their handling of coal ash that contains toxic materials. The state’s two major electric utilities, DTE Energy and Consumer’s Energy, explain how they’re remediating such problems at their coal-fired plants, including ones in Monroe, West Olive  and Essexville. We talk to the lead author of the Environmental Integrity Project study, utility representatives, the Michigan Environmental Council and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. By Gina Navaroli. FOR BLISSFIELD, CORP!, HOLLAND, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS AND ALL POINTS.

These photos are available for download directly within the post.

W/COAL ASH MONROE PHOTO: The DTE Energy Monroe Power Plant in Monroe produces about 40 percent of electricity needed to serve southeast Michigan. Credit:  DTE Energy

W/COAL ASH WEST OLIVE PHOTO: The licensed landfill at Consumers Energy’s J.H. Campbell Plant in West Olive covers 104 acres. Credit: Consumers Energy.

BIRD DEATHS:  Detroit kills the 13th most birds in the nation every spring, according to a recent study. Chicago is the deadliest city for birds, according to the study ranking the bird-killing potential of 125 U.S. cities. Detroit is 13th during spring migration and 15th during fall migration. An unfortunate combination of building structures and placement in migratory flyways  proves deadlier for birds than city size. We talk with a Michigan State University expert and others about how to avoid bird/building collisions. By Finn O’Keefe. FOR ALL POINTS.

This photo is available for download directly within the post.

W/BIRD DEATHS PHOTO: Volunteers collected these dead birds that collided with buildings in downtown Chicago last fall. Credit: Annette Prince.

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