State chips in money for project to try to “destroy” PFAS in wastewater

State chips in money for project to try to "destroy" PFAS in wastewater

Photo: The sample room at the Grand Rapids wastewater treatment facility. DUSTIN DWYER / MICHIGAN RADIO

The swirling liquid rushes into concrete channels behind a black chain-link fence.

“That is what sewage looks like,” says Nicole Pasch, who works in Environmental Services for the city of Grand Rapids.

Pasch is showing off the wastewater treatment facility, along with the various stages the sewage has to pass through before it can … [more…]

U.S. Supreme Court won’t change Indiana ruling: Lake Michigan’s shoreline belongs to all Hoosiers

photo: public beach access protected by high court in Indiana

Photo: Homes along Lake Shore Drive in Long Beach are shown in this May 2017 file photo. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would not review a Feb. 14, 2018 Indiana Supreme Court ruling that the Lake Michigan shoreline, up to the point where the beach becomes soil, also known as the ordinary high water mark, is unquestionably owned by the state of Indiana, and the public has … [more…]

Wisconsin DNR Sets Hearing on Foxconn Water Diversion

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing on Racine officials’ request to pull 7 million gallons daily from Lake Michigan for a Foxconn Technology Group plant.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The public will get a chance to sound off in March about Racine officials’ request to pull 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to serve a massive Foxconn Technology plant.

The state … [more…]

U.S. Steel dumps more toxic chromium near Lake Michigan, faces lawsuit

U.S. Steel dumps more toxic chromium near Lake Michigan, faces lawsuit

Six months after U.S. Steel dumped a plume of toxic metal into a Lake Michigan tributary, the company quietly reported another spill at the same northwest Indiana plant and asked state environmental regulators to keep it secret, according to newly released documents.

The 56.7 pounds of chromium released in late October by the company’s Midwest Plant was 89 percent higher than its water pollution permit allows over 24 hours, U.S. … [more…]

After years, Wisconsin industrial barrel plant addresses mercury in water

photo: After years of violations, Wisconsin industrial barrel plant addresses mercury in water

Photo: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Mercury has been detected in wastewater coming from an industrial barrel refurbishing plant in St. Francis for at least four years — and more than a dozen times levels exceeded legally permitted limits.

Since at least January 2013, records show the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has repeatedly issued warning letters to the company that runs the Mid-America Steel Drum plant, asking it to solve its … [more…]