Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy

MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Officials say a 200-foot-long broken boring pipe remains embedded in the Straits of Mackinac and may not be recoverable by a company that operates a fuel pipeline.

Enbridge Inc. retrieved a broken 45-foot rod in December and told state regulators that a pipe of similar length remained. But the Detroit Free Press reports that the leftover pipe actually is 200 feet long.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials say no excessive radiation was detected in tests at an industrial site where construction aggregate material spilled into the Detroit River.

Staffers with the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy took radiological measurements Friday and sampled river water at the Detroit Bulk Storage property in southwest Detroit. The release of crushed limestone happened November 26 when part of a seawall collapsed.

Officials say the spill isn't expected to pose any danger to drinking water quality.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has awarded grants to several Upper Peninsula entities for electronics recycling.

The money will fund electronics drop-off locations and community collection events in rural areas.

A grant is headed to the Superior Watershed Foundation. It will help purchase two Alger County storage buildings for permanent collection locations in the county.

MARQUETTE, MI--   With the closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant, WE Energies will close the last of its coal combustion residual landfills in Marquette.

Over the last 25 years We Energies operated three landfills that occupy 200 acres adjacent to the plant. Two of the landfills are already closed. Long-term maintenance and monitoring is being provided by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

ISHPEMING, MI--   The Marquette County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority has been awarded 

$205,626 to clean up the former Bell Memorial Hospital site in Ishpeming and develop senior housing.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Sault Ste. Marie Brownfield Redevelopment Authority has received $1.5 million in grant and loan funds from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to reuse the former Union Carbide manufacturing site.

Lake Superior State University is building its new Center for Freshwater Research and Education on the site. The $13.2 million redevelopment will create a state-of-the-art research facility where students and scientists will study freshwater ecological systems such as fisheries, invasive species and water quality.

MARQUETTE, MI--   From the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy:

WHO: The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will host two online public meetings June 17-18 to inform the public about the Aquila Back Forty Mine applications and permitting process. The proposed project would be located in Menominee County in the Upper Peninsula. Both online public meetings will present the same information.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Brandy Brown has been named climate and energy adviser for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. 

Department Director Liesl Clark announced the appointment Thursday. Clark said Brown will lead an office that will coordinate the state's response to climate change across departments and agencies.

It will make recommendations on taking steps to limit climate change and dealing with the effects of global warming that are already happening.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The newly created U.P. Energy Task Force will first focus on different methods of providing propane to Upper Peninsula residents. 

That’s according to Liesl Clark, Director of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. She says a quarter of Upper Peninsula residents heat their homes with propane, and officials want to know how a disruption in delivery would affect the region.

Clark says that takes into account the possible decommissioning of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's environmental agency is days away from having a new name. 

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will be reorganized and renamed the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), effective Monday. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in February re-issued an order restructuring and renaming the agency, but it has to wait 60 days to take effect.

DEQ Director Liesl Clark debuted the EGLE logo on Wednesday for employees in Lansing. The logo's designer, Lisa Twenter, works in the DEQ.