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Bridge Magazine

Portland, OR, United States

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Recent articles by Kelly:

Michigan Democrats aim to tighten environment regs, reduce industry control

One of the first bills introduced by the Democratic majority would undo a Snyder-era law that prevents Michigan from adopting stronger pollution regulations than Washington. Dems also aim to lessen industry influence on regulatory decisions. → Read More

Gas stove debate is the latest political culture war in Michigan. Here are the facts

Amid growing concern about the health and climate impacts of gas, Ann Arbor is considering a ban on new gas hookups. Republican lawmakers in Michigan and beyond want to make local bans illegal. → Read More

How to use your gas stove more safely in Michigan

A recent study linking gas stoves to childhood asthma may have you wondering how to limit your risk. With the help of a University of Michigan lung health expert, we offer some tips. → Read More

Michigan appeals court upholds Flint water crisis dismissals

Judges upheld a lower court order dismissing charges against two Flint water crisis defendants. It’s the latest setback in Michigan Attorney Dana Nessel’s efforts to hold state government officials accountable. Prosecutors vow to appeal. → Read More

Armed with flea meds, Michigan defends hemlock trees against deadly invader

With winter surveys and summer insecticide treatment, Michigan aims to avoid the fate of Eastern states, which lost hemlocks to pests native to Japan. But warming winters are making it harder to stand our ground. → Read More

Lakes Michigan and Huron join list of lakes with PFAS-tainted smelt

State regulators this week warned anglers to limit their meals of rainbow smelt taken from the two lakes, along with three inland lakes. High PFAS levels had already prompted a smelt consumption advisory in Lake Superior. → Read More

Michigan winters are super cloudy and getting worse. Here’s how to deal.

Blame the Great Lakes and climate change for Michigan’s dreary winters. And it appears to be getting worse as rising temperatures diminish ice cover on the lakes, allowing more moisture to rise in the atmosphere. → Read More

Michigan official: DNR should reject Camp Grayling expansion amid PFAS woes

In a harshly-worded letter, a supervisor in the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy wrote that DNR should reject the Camp Grayling expansion unless the National Guard gets serious about cleaning up PFAS at the base. → Read More

Palisades nuclear plant owners will try again to reopen Michigan plant

Holtec International announced Monday that it will make a second attempt to win a federal bailout to reopen the shuttered nuclear plant on the Lake Michigan shoreline. → Read More

Dana Nessel: Keep Lee Chatfield records secret to avoid embarrassment

In seeking to suppress search warrant records in the criminal probe, the attorney general’s office argues that some current and ex-state officials, appointees and lobbyists could be embarrassed if the records are made public. → Read More

Michigan tribes, state reach tentative deal on Great Lakes fishing access

Under the deal, which is awaiting consideration by a federal judge, tribal fishers could use gillnets in more places to cope with declining whitefish populations. Recreational fishing interests argue that could leave fewer fish for them. → Read More

Democratic control of Michigan puts climate change action on 2023 agenda

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has made climate action a priority for the coming legislative session. From renewable energy standards to EV regulations, here are several items that could be on the table. → Read More

Flint water crisis charges dropped against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Snyder’s is the latest of eight dismissals in the Flint criminal case, after the Michigan Supreme Court rejected the legal path Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office used to secure indictments. → Read More

Michigan Senate OKs recycling reform. Critics call it ‘burning hot garbage’

A major recycling reform package is changed at the last minute to allow for a ‘chemical process’ that heats trash into ‘post-use polymers.’ Environmentalists hate the changes. → Read More

Senate may vote on long-awaited recycling reform. Which one is unclear.

The tediously-negotiated package aims to boost Michigan’s recycling rate. But ahead of a possible Wednesday Senate vote, industry groups are pushing last-minute changes that have environmental groups crying foul. → Read More

Bridge, Free Press seek court hearing to open Lee Chatfield records to public

Bridge Michigan and the Detroit Free Press are asking a judge to reconsider an order that indefinitely blocks public access to records in the criminal probe of former House Speaker Lee Chatfield. → Read More

Michigan hunters say 252,000 deer killed in firearms season with new rules

This year, for the first time, hunters were required to promptly report their deer kills, a move state wildlife managers say will help the state better manage Michigan’s growing herds. → Read More

Dana Nessel obtains blanket shield of Lee Chatfield investigation records

After Bridge Michigan and the Detroit Free Press won access to documents that would shed new light on the criminal investigation against the former house speaker, Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office obtained a court order blocking release of virtually all records in the case. → Read More

Why Line 5 will likely remain open despite Democratic control of Lansing

Don’t expect big new efforts to shut down Line 5 when Democrats take control. Those on both sides of the issue say the pipeline’s fate is now in the hands of a federal judge and President Joe Biden. → Read More

Feds deny funding to reopen Michigan’s Palisades nuclear plant

The denial permanently eliminates 800 megawatts of emissions-free power from Michigan’s grid, hindering the state’s efforts to go carbon neutral. But nuclear detractors cheered the move, citing safety fears at the aging plant. → Read More