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Planet Detroit

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.

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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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Metro Detroit writer Jenn McKee explores the landscape at the intersection of climate change, parenting, and the truth.
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Many people are aware that Southwest Detroit is Michigan’s most air-polluted neighborhood. The Short Film: MOTHER depicts this reality.
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After U-M President Mark Schlissel announced a new planning committee to develop a plan for carbon neutrality on February 4, a group of U-M students decided to demand more of their university’s approach to addressing climate change.
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Planet Detroit took some time to delve into how L. Brooks Patterson's 29-year career has impacted Metro Detroit’s environment.
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The city's Office of Sustainability undertook the plan as part of an effort to make city operations more efficient by reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
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The IRP is a plan that all Michigan electric utilities must submit every five years, outlining their strategy for providing power over the next decade and a half.
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Across metro Detroit, recycling, that everyday environmentally-friendly practice we all know and love, is changing.
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