Home Daily News New Michigan AG withdraws state from suits… Environmental Law By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted January 23, 2019, 1:04 pm CST Michigan’s new Democratic attorney general, Dana Nessel, has announced she is withdrawing Michigan from lawsuits challenging federal environmental regulations to curb greenhouse gases and toxic emissions. Nessel announced Tuesday she was withdrawing from four suits challenging Environmental Protection Agency regulations enacted during the administration of President Barack Obama, report Bridge Magazine, MLive.com and the Detroit News. “Under my watch,” Nessel said in the press release, “Michigan will not be a party to lawsuits that challenge the reasonable regulations aimed at curbing climate change and protecting against exposure to mercury and other toxic substances.” Nessel’s Republican predecessor, Bill Schuette, had joined state challenges to the regulations. Schuette had supported President Donald … [Read more...] about New Michigan AG withdraws state from suits challenging Obama-era EPA regulations
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Detroit Considers Streetlight SavingsWith 139 square miles of land within the city limits, and 60 percent fewer residents than in 1950, Detroit has 88,000 streetlights. To save $10 million a year the mayor has proposed borrowing $160 million to upgrade and reduce the number of streetlights to 46,000. Deciding which areas to illuminate and which to let go dark will reshape the city that has an estimated 37 square miles of vacant property and parks. Conventional wisdom is that state legislation is required to create the needed city lighting authority.Wind Turbine Tax Assessment ConfusionThe Michigan State Tax Commission has recommended that local authorities change the way they determine the taxable value of utility scale wind turbines for purposes of paying personal property taxes on this industrial property. However, townships in Gratiot County have continued to follow the old method in assessing wind turbine taxable value. DTE Energy has filed an appeal with the Michigan Tax Tribunal … [Read more...] about Watt’s New? Michigan Energy News June 2012
In the neighborhood of the also-abandoned St. Cyril Church, the tract—if not redeveloped—could someday add significantly to the acreage devoted to urban agriculture. Photo by James Griffioen.It’s a warm day in April, and Skip Wiener is showing off the crown jewel of gardens that the Urban Tree Connection has created out of 29 vacant lots in the poverty-ridden Haddington neighborhood on Philadelphia’s west side.The site, tucked away in the center of a block of 60 homes, once was used by a construction firm for storage. When Wiener, the founder and director of the UTC, was first alerted about the property by a local block captain, it was overgrown, riddled with industrial waste, and a haven for drug dealers and prostitutes.It was just what the UTC was looking for. The nonprofit organization supports renewal efforts in low-income communities by turning abandoned open spaces into various types of gardens, including some devoted to growing fruits and vegetables.The … [Read more...] about Plowing Over: Can Urban Farming Save Detroit and Other Declining Cities? Will the Law Allow It?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Medical marijuana to make budtenders in high demand in Michigan When Michigan's medical marijuana industry gets off the ground, dispensaries are going to need hundreds of budtenders to help treat ailments. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 6 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau Published 6:00 a.m. ET March 30, 2018 | Updated 9:05 p.m. ET March 30, 2018 CLOSE As Michigan begins licensing medical marijuana businesses, there will be a need for hundreds, even thousands of workers in dispensaries. Wochit CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 6 COMMENT EMAIL MORE With medical marijuana on the cusp … [Read more...] about Medical marijuana to make budtenders in high demand in Michigan
As a staff sergeant with the Marines in Iraq, Paul Whelan enjoyed fine cigars and showed an affinity for Russia — even spending two weeks of military leave in Moscow and St. Petersburg instead of at home in the U.S. with family and friends. The 48-year-old Detroit-area man had an account on a Russian social media site, where he posted festive notes on the country's national holidays. Now, he's under arrest there on espionage allegations. Whelan has visited Russia since at least 2007 and was there again for a friend's wedding, showing other guests around, said his twin brother, David Whelan. He was due to return home on Jan. 6, the brother said. Around 800,000 federal employees are homebound or working without pay for the 12th day as President Donald Trump holds out for funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump has invited top Republicans and Democrats to the White House for a "briefing," one day before Congressional turnover gives Democrats control of the … [Read more...] about Michigan Man Held for Spying in Russia Was Frequent Visitor