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  Recent enviro stories appearing on Michigan Live w/ links to full versions:

ST. LOUIS - Obstacles to the cleanup of one of the nation's most polluted
sites have disappeared, clearing the way for dredging of the pesticide-plagued
Pine River to start by August. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has
approved an emergency order for $6 million to remove sediment in the worst
3-acre "hot spot" in 32 acres of polluted river bed.
http://sa.mlive.com/news/pine.htm

  It was like a script that kept changing minutes before the curtain rose as
Washtenaw County commissioners scrambled with words and numbers Wednesday to
finalize a ballot proposal that could make the county Michigan's first to tax
homeowners to save farms and wetlands.
http://aa.mlive.com/news/ywcpdr.htm

GRAND RAPIDS - Plans for a $3 million freshwater research center in the Lake
Michigan community of Grand Haven are moving ahead, officials told the
University of Michigan Board of Regents Thursday.
http://aa.mlive.com/news/grregent.htm

A business alliance has been formed to oppose Washtenaw County's tax-financed
farm preservation program, offering instead a scaled-down version to
concentrate on zoning, planning, infrastructure and school needs.
http://aa.mlive.com/news/landvote.htm

LANSING - The state will slaughter a herd of 20 beef cattle and incinerate the
carcasses, after confirming the first case of tuberculosis in a Michigan farm
animal since 1994.
http://bc.mlive.com/news/tbcow.htm

Caseville - A wayward black bear, which has eluded pursuers for more than two
weeks in several counties, was captured Wednesday night by conservation
officers in this small Huron County city near the tip of the Thumb.
http://fl.mlive.com/news/18bear$01.htm

Encounters with wildlife are increasing in several areas because of a large
number of new subdivisions cropping up in the countryside, area pest control
officials said.
http://fl.mlive.com/news/15crit$01.htm

For wildlife enthusiasts, it's easy to make a case for slowing down water
traffic along Windmill Island and the Black River. It's a natural habitat to a
variety of birds and animals. But that isn't enough for the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources to declare a waterway a no-wake zone. DNR
officials must make their determination for safety reasons.
http://gr.mlive.com/news/nowake18112306.htm

Portage will ask the state for a grant to clean up contamination at the site
of a proposed $11 million office and retail development on West Centre Avenue
across from Portage City Hall.
http://kz.mlive.com/news/cleanu$01.htm

Elevated levels of arsenic, lead and other metals in a railroad right-of-way
through Kalamazoo County's Markin Glen Park are giving county officials second
thoughts about buying the property - but they'll wait another month and a half
to decide whether to back away from the deal.
http://kz.mlive.com/news/onhold$01.htm





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