Michigan

Moving Forward for Michigan and the Great Lakes!

Clean Water Action works tirelessly to protect our Great Lakes and our communities every day. Thanks to your help, we accomplished a lot this year:
  • Seagulls.jpgWe fought to increase the use of home-grown renewable energy in Michigan, pushing state policymakers to replace dirty coal plants, like Lansing's Eckert power plant, with clean wind and solar power generation. 
  • We worked to make sure that coal ash dumps in our state are managed responsibly, pushing for closure and cleanup of these sites—including one on the Michigan State University campus—before they contaminate our environment any further.
  • We helped get the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue strong rules to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing power plants. And we won our fight against toxic water pollution from power plants, slashing the discharge of pollutants like mercury, arsenic and lead into our waters.
  • We collected 130,000 letters, postcards and emails to the EPA, winning adoption of  a rule that will restore Clean Water Act protection to small streams that provide drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans!  We enlisted support from dozens of municipalities, along with hundreds of local and state elected officials, and over 400 nonprofit organizations and businesses—and generated dozens of editorials, guest opinion columns and letters to the editor supporting clean water.

Your tax-deductible support today will help us build on our accomplishments from this year, winning new victories for Michigan’s environment in 2016!

Don't Let Michigan Move Backward on Clean Energy

HB 4297 and the Nesbitt energy plan is a step in the wrong direction, instead of a step toward making us a leader in clean energy policy. This proposed legislation would classify the burning of hazardous waste, including tires, as renewable energy and is nothing more than a cynical attempt to hijack Michigan’s renewable energy definition for the benefit of corporate polluters.

Contact your representative today!

Michigan Currents - Fall 2015

Michigan Currents
fall 2015 edition

Michigan’s Energy Future

Michigan’s energy future is in jeopardy. The onset of the Federal Clean Power Plan means Gov. Snyder and the legislature will soon be forced to decide on how the state will reduce energy-related pollution.
The Clean Power Plan limits carbon emissions from existing and new coal and natural gas power plants.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed these regulations to protect our air, water, and public health while attempting to mitigate climate change. Michigan is tasked with reducing carbon emissions by more than 48 million tons by 2030, or roughly 39 percent. This can be accomplished by eliminating or reducing carbon intensive energy production, such as coal, and replacing it with carbon neutral or renewable production like wind and solar.

State Officials Will Develop First-Ever Plan to Limit Carbon Emissions from Power Plants

Plan must comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

 LANSING – Today, state leaders announced that they intend to develop a State Carbon Implementation Plan (SCIP) to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants for the first time in history. The SCIP must comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan that was introduced on August 3 or be subject to the federal implementation plan.

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09/01/2015 - 13:00

Protect the Great Lakes – Shut Down Line 5

Take action today to shut down the Line 5 pipelines and protect the Great Lakes from a potential pipeline disaste.

Line 5 carries nearly 23 million gallons of oil through a pair of 62 year old oil pipelines running along the bottom of the Mackinac Straits and threaten the Great Lakes, surrounding communities and Michigan’s economy. The pipelines are owned by Enbridge, Inc., the Canadian company responsible for the spill of 1 million gallons of heavy tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River watershed in 2010.

Michigan Needs a Strong Clean Power Plan!

#ActOnClimateAct on climate change now and tell Governor Snyder to develop an implementation plan that protects the Great Lakes state!

Campaign to Governor & Attorney General: Shut Down Enbridge’s “Line 5” Oil Pipelines & Launch Transparent Public Process

LANSING – In a report released today, Governor Rick Snyder’s Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force went public today with recommendations that hold some promise but lack a commitment to an open public process and immediate protective actions, leaving the Great Lakes and Michigan’s economy – with one in five jobs tied to abundant, high quality fresh water – vulnerable to a catastrophic oil spill from a pair of aging pipelines that push 23 million gallons of oil a day through the Straits of Mackinac, said leaders of the Oil & Water Don’t Mix campaign.
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07/14/2015 - 11:29

Cleaning Up White Lake: A Story of Citizen Action

By Tanya Cabala, White Lake Public Advisory Council

Decades of persistence by grassroots citizens has paid off for the White Lake area, in northern Muskegon County, Michigan, where the value of the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has also been clearly demonstrated.  

The White Lake area, on the West Michigan shoreline in northern Muskegon County, was a sleepy, but scenic resort community when it innocently embraced the chemical manufacturing era in the 1950s. The people who lived there appreciated the good-paying jobs and newfound prosperity, but ended up paying a steep price when pollution from some of the companies damaged White Lake and put the community in the national spotlight as a poster child for pollution in the late 1970s.

Michigan Currents - Summer 2015

Michigan Currents
summer 2015 edition

Protecting the Great Lakes State

On Earth Day, Clean Water Action partnered with State Representatives Sarah Roberts, Jeff Irwin, Gretchen Driskell and Tom Cochran to introduce a package of bills calling for more state protections from oil and gas pipelines throughout Michigan. 

Enbridge’s 62 year-old Line 5 pipelines run under the Straits of Mackinac, carrying nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil every day through the middle of the Great Lakes. Built during the Eisenhower administration, the aging infrastructure poses a significant threat to the Great Lakes. Read more.

A Huge Victory for Our Water in Michigan and Across the Nation

Lansing - Today the Obama administration released its long awaited Clean Water Rule. The rule closes loopholes that have left the drinking water sources for 1 in 7 Michigan residents at risk of pollution and destruction. Today's release of the Clean Water Rule is the culmination of more than 12 years of advocacy by Clean Water Action, its members, and its allies.

Clean Water Action's Michigan Director, Nic Clark, released this statement

Published On: 
05/27/2015 - 15:18
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