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PNS Daily News - May 29, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues in today’s news including: Germany’s leader notes a disconnect with the United States; remembering the fallen and those left behind on a Memorial Day; and a look at passenger’s rights as summer air travel season kicks into gear.

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Public News Service - MI: Environment

People living near Evart fear a potash mining operation could destroy the sensitive wetlands around the area. (K. Ford)

EVART TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- After battling bottled water giant Nestle, residents and concerned citizens near Evart now are trying to keep another company from drawing down and potentially contaminating their water supply. Just six miles from Nestle's wells, Michigan Potash, a Colorado-based company,

Cuts to the Great Lakes cleanup fund could negatively impact many Michigan cities, advocates say. (AcryllicArtist/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Conservationists say there's nothing great about the White House plan to slash funds for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and they're calling on Congress and the president to leave the lakes out of partisan politics. President Trump's 2018 budget proposal would slash a

Clean-water advocates say the state needs to develop better policies for companies that want to extract and bottle Michigan water. (cohdra/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michiganders have just a few days left to let state officials know how they feel about the planned expansion of a bottled-water operation that some are calling a betrayal of the state's residents and resources. Swiss bottled water giant Nestle has asked the state for permiss

A multi-state natural-gas pipeline running though Michigan has been approved. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – A $4.3 billion natural-gas pipeline that will run through Michigan has been given the green light, sparking concerns about safety, the environment and the direction of energy policy in the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given the ET Rover Pipeline its stam

Michigan residents are urged to help stop the spread of the tree-killing hemlock woolly adelgid, or HWA. (Mich. Dept. of Natural Resources)

LANSING, Mich. – How are your hemlocks? Experts say it's never too early in the year to take a peek at your trees - and this year, it could help stop the spread of a dangerous pest. The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a tiny insect that secretes white wax as it feeds on the sap of hemlock tr

Research shows industrial customers of electric utilities save money if the utilities follow the policies driven by the Clean Power Plan rather than business as usual. (Karim Ghantous/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – As the merits of the EPA's Clean Power Plan are argued at an appeals court today, recent data is adding more backbone to arguments in favor of the rules to reduce carbon emissions. Separate reports from Georgia Tech and the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency show how the imple

The Kalamazoo River settlement requires that Enbridge strengthen supports for other pipelines in the Great Lakes. (Terry Johnston/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – The settlement reached in the Kalamazoo River oil spill is intensifying calls from citizen and environmental groups to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. A $177 million federal oil spill settlement with Enbridge Energy Partners was announced Wednesday for the 2010

Some groups contends Michigan communities of color have not enjoyed the same degree of environmental protections provided to other communities. (Connor Coyne/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Some Michigan agencies are being called out for what some claim are environmental injustices against communities of color. Several groups are asking federal officials for a probe into whether the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Health and

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