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E-M:/ Environmental Stories from MLIVE and the Booth Chain

Enviro-Mich message from asagady@sojourn.com

Here are some recent URL pointers for environment-related stories on
Michigan Live, 
the web site of the Booth Newspaper Chain in Michigan....

BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP - A system of trails that would link areas around 
Brighton with major parks is getting a lukewarm reception from the 

Ann Arbor city administrators must give Pall-Gelman Sciences Inc. a 
permit to use the city's right of way to build a pipeline as part of the 
company's cleanup of tainted groundwater.

Residents working with city and township officials to oversee elements 
of the Pall-Gelman Sciences Inc. groundwater cleanup in northwest Ann 
Arbor are now pointing fingers at the city itself.

Livingston County led the list of the state's fastest-growing counties 
for the third straight year, according to U.S. Census Bureau population 
estimates released today.The estimates confirm what many expected: Growth in
Washtenaw and  Livingston counties continues as suburban sprawl proceeds at a
pace in lower Michigan.

People who will lose homes and businesses to the Columbus area park say 
they still favor the project, but wish the city would give them a heads 

The recent merger of two trash-hauling companies that together serve all 
of Bay County is raising a stink among some city and township officials.
Waste Management Inc., a nationwide hauler based in Oakbrook, Ill., 
which provides collection services for Williams Township, is being 
acquired by a Houston-based rival USA Waste Services Inc. for stock 
valued at about $13.5 billion.

Genesee County has more than 435,000 residents, according to U.S. Census 
Bureau figures released Tuesday. Much of the area is urban blue-collar, 
with an average annual income of about $21,000 a year.
To the south, Oakland County has nearly 1.2 million residents, most of 
them upscale suburbanites, with an average annual income of more than 
$32,000. But at least according to some county officials, the two can't get
without each other.

Environmentalists and others say the Flint River has a perception - not 
necessarily a pollution - problem that has kept it from its rightful 
place as a recreational and aesthetic treasure.

Burton - Despite a storm of protest Monday from about 100 residents, the 
City Council approved a grant application for a proposed 80-acre park at 
Kelly Lake.

After a slow start, Flint officials say they are seeing encouraging 
signs with the city's pilot recycling program that began in July.
Though no agency tracks the volume of material collected countywide, 
organizers of local recycling programs agree that it's up significantly 
over the past five years.

Jane White said people can't understand the fervor of residents fighting 
large-scale changes to their homes' surroundings until they face it 
themselves.There was a time when she couldn't understand all the fuss, either.
But her perspective changed when the state police decided to put a 
500-foot tower about 300 feet from her Ada Township home, she said.

Jackson County government has adopted a formal position on septage, the 
gunk that is pumped from septic tanks.
It does not care for the stuff.
County commissioners on Tuesday declared interest in outlawing the 
practice of dumping septage on farm fields, a ban likely to drive up 
costs when homeowners have their septic tanks pumped.

JACKSON - Thompson-McCully Co. can continue to build an asphalt plant in 
southern Blackman Township, but it can't operate it before the end of 
March, Jackson County Circuit Judge Charles Nelson ruled today

Area naturalists will volunteer their time to lead one-on-one or small 
group tours this spring and summer.
The tours, featuring birds, amphibians, sand dunes, prairies and the 
Kalamazoo River, will be awarded through a silent auction offered by the 
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy.

Kalamazo city commissioners Monday approved the sale of a brownfield to 
a local sprinkler company that plans to build new facilities on the 
2.5-acre site. The sale marks the third business to purchase a city
brownfield, or 
abandoned industrial site, since a redevelopment initiative started in 

Health fears caused by mold that "smells like 1,000 unwashed feet" have 
shuttered downtown Saginaw's Federal Building sooner than expected.
Just days after officials agreed to eventually close the problem-plagued 
structure, detection of a dangerous fungal strain has dislodged the 
Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration.

West Michigan's population continued to grow in 1997, with Ottawa, 
Newaygo and Lake counties leading the pack and practically leading the 
state. Muskegon, Oceana and Mason counties also grew, though at a much slower 
pace, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The latest county census estimates, released today, show Ottawa 
maintained its torrid 1980s and '90s growth pace with a 2.2 percent 
population increase between 1996 and 1997. The county gained nearly 
5,000 people to reach an estimated population of 220,403 as of July 1.

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