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TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   An environmental group is suing the federal government, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing plans for dealing with oil spills into inland waterways.  

The suit filed Thursday by the National Wildlife Federation says the federal Oil Pollution Act prohibits operators from handling, storing or transporting oil until their spill response plans get federal approval. The plans are supposed to make sure enough resources are available to contain and remove spilled oil and limit environmental damage.


BILLINGS, MT (AP)--   U.S. officials are proposing tighter safety rules for pipelines carrying oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids after a series of ruptures that included an accident in Michigan that became the costliest onshore spill in the nation's history. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to expand pipeline inspection requirements and require companies to more closely analyze the results. The agency also would make companies re-check lines following floods and hurricanes.

Two Michigan airports getting federal funding for upgrades

Aug 14, 2015

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Two Michigan airports are getting U.S. Department of Transportation support for upgrades.  

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan announced Thursday a $476,900 grant for Delta County Airport in Escanaba. The funding will help the airport rehabilitate its runway, acquire a passenger lift for disabled travelers and update taxiway markings.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   Two Upper Peninsula airports are getting grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to enable safer travel.  

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced the Houghton County Memorial Airport will receive more than $856,000.  The money will be used to rehabilitate its concrete apron, where the aircraft are parked. 


FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Houghton County Memorial Airport is getting a grant worth about $856,000 to help with rehab work at the Upper Peninsula facility.

  The office of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said in a news release Thursday that the money will go toward rehabilitating the concrete of the airport's apron, which is where aircraft are parked. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Financial help coming to flood-stricken Michigan

Aug 21, 2014
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DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Michigan U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow say the U.S. Department of Transportation is giving Michigan $750,000 in disaster aid to help pay for repairs and reconstruction of roads damaged in the severe flooding that hit the southeastern corner of the state. 

Stabenow said in a statement Wednesday that the funds are "an important first step in helping southeast Michigan rebuild from last week's serious flooding."


WASHINGTON, D.C.--   The Chippewa County International Airport is getting more than $3 million from the federal government.  

The airport near Sault Ste. Marie will receive a $3,384,368 dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The money will be used to rehabilitate the runway. 

Airport Manager Tami Beseau says replacing the cement surface of the main runway with asphalt will improve safety and security at the airport.  She says it will help thousands of travelers get to and from the Eastern U.P. during the summer vacation season.