"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called for stepped-up efforts Wednesday to reduce nutrient pollution that contributes to algae blooms in Lake Erie but recommended no new federal regulations to accomplish the task."
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"Minnesota's Ojibwe bands asked utility regulators to wait for cultural survey."
"Another large Midwest utility yesterday announced plans to slash carbon emissions and eliminate coal from its fuel mix by 2040."
"Industrial group 3M Co and Minnesota’s attorney general have agreed to settle a lawsuit over polluted groundwater, with the company agreeing to grant $850 million to the state for groundwater projects, the attorney’s office said on Tuesday."
Minnesota's $5 billion lawsuit against 3M for polluting natural resources is finally going to trial after yers of delay.
"276 Michiganians were ushered or barred from homes and other sites due to possible cancerous fumes. People were relocated from sites in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Sturgis, according to the state."
"A coalition of several states and one Canadian province have introduced an initiative designed to block the Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. Funding from this partnership would bolster the defenses in Chicago waterways, which border the lakes."
"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has rejected the recommendation of an independent pipeline safety advisory board to shut down an aging crude oil pipeline that has been losing sections of its protective coating where it crosses beneath the Great Lakes."
"Seven years after Dynegy Inc. scrapped one of the last coal plants in downstate Illinois, environmental groups are accusing the company of failing to prevent toxic waste stored nearby from seeping into the state’s only National Scenic River."