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Planet Detroit helps you get smarter about the environment in Detroit and Michigan. Planet Detroit’s stories and weekly newsletter focus on explanatory, solutions-based and investigative reporting, and a deep commitment to community engagement around local environmental issues. Planet Detroit’s mission is to raise awareness about Metro Detroit’s environmental and public health issues, hold powerful entities accountable and help our audience connect with their local environment and take action to protect the health of their communities.

DTE and Consumers Energy filed reports this week detailing the number of households currently without service and efforts to restore them. The reports are now required biweekly through June under an order issued April 15 issued by the Michigan Public Service Commission.  According to reports filed by DTE Energy and Consumers Energy on April 30, both utilities have outlined strategies to reconnect customers. As of April 29, Consumers reports it reconnected 214 customers and reported 938 electric customers remaining without electricity due to nonpayment in its service area. DTE reported it has reconnected 66,455 electric customers as of April 28, with 2,554 customers remaining without electricity
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wide variety of fruits and vegetables displayed on market stand
Before COVID-19, Americans were throwing away about a pound of edible food per day per person. But now we’re home. All the time. And this new normal can lead to even more food waste if we’re not careful
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The shelter in place order, however, is resulting in improved air quality across the country as people drive less and some factories slow or stop production.
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Belle Isle flooded
The project, originally designed to create natural habitat on the island's eastern end, also opened a path for the historically high Detroit River to flood the interior of the island.
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grayling
Old fishing tales passed down through generations eulogize a fish sought after for its magnificent beauty, delicious meat, and ravenous hunger.
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detroit
Earlier today, the City of Detroit announced it would begin restoring water to affected homes in preparation for a potential coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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washing hands in sink
City of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Monday that the city will end water shutoffs and restore service to customers.
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dripping faucet
the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Great Lakes Environmental Law Center (GLELC) were requesting a “Declaratory Ruling” around partial lead service line replacements, asserting that EGLE and municipalities including Dearborn, Milan, and Bay City have been undermining a key provision of Michigan’s own Lead and Copper Rule.
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EGLE officials visit the collapsed shoreline at Detroit Bulk Storage on December 6. Photo courtesy EGLE.
EGLE issued a press release on January 16th, saying that “it considers inadequate the steps [Detroit Bulk Storage has] taken so far to contain the impact of the aggregate spill into the Detroit River.”
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Residents from Macomb, Wayne, and Oakland counties came together on a chilly evening Thursday, January 23 for a "Tri-County Environmental Justice Solidarity Rally" at the intersection of the three counties.
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Two people sitting on the grass near the water and belle isle. Michigan proposal 1 would change how state funding is spent on park lands
Planet Detroit had such a great response to our top 10 local environmental stories of 2019, we thought we ought to do the same for stories across Michigan .
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Check out Planet Detroit's top 10 local environmental stories for 2019.
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