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Enviro news on Michigan Live

Posted on behalf of Dave Poulson <Poulsondav@aol.com>

Here is a digest of recent environmental stories and links to their full
text appearing on Michigan Live:

ST. LOUIS - Residents here have trouble trusting the Velsicol Chemical
Co. The Rosemont, Ill., company in 1982 paid to put a clay cap - which
leaks - on the site of its disastrous St. Louis operation. When Velsicol
left town, it avoided paying for even worse DDT contamination, leaving
some folks skeptical about its latest offer. Velsicol proposed this week
to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that crews use the 55-acre
former plant site as the landfill for the taxpayer-funded cleanup of
Pine River sediments the company polluted.

Threats to Saginaw County's water supply could cost some homeowners
thousands of dollars.  County Board of Commissioners member Michael P.
O'Hare is proposing a measure that would force property owners to plug
abandoned water wells and remove unused septic tanks.

The Dalton Township board Monday took another step toward approving a
five-year special assessment district to pay for weed control in West

When they first arrived in Michigan, mute swans were praised for their
spotless white plumage and supple necks.  But now, the swans are
becoming more and more a nuisance around Great Lakes waters, attacking
swimmers and damaging habitats of native species. This month, Michigan
Department of Natural Resources biologists are at work revising a plan
to control the more than 2,600 swans statewide.

Bills for gypsy-moth spraying will be mailed to about 5,700 Jackson
County property owners, beginning today. They will be charged $15 per
acre by county government for aerial spraying likely to happen next
month. Property owners can refuse to pay and pull out of the program by
filing an objection.

When the Kent County Road Commission cleared a blocked drain pipe on
Clarence Roosien's property, the Byron Township man watched helplessly
as his 4-acre pond went dry, leaving behind hundreds of rotting bass and

Purple loosestrife is on the loose in Michigan. But with the help of
school children -- and some very hungry beetles -- local and state
experts hope to get the invasive wetlands plant under control.

Some East Side residents know their yards are slowly sinking. But
neither they nor experts can say for sure why the land around their
homes has sunk nearly 3 feet since last summer.

GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP - Trustees will move forward with negotiations with
Brighton to bring water to the Thermofil plant. The move came after a
plea from Thermofil President Randy Rudisill at a special meeting
Wednesday when he urged officials to quickly find a solution to the
water problems in the Whitmore Lake Road corridor.Part of the Thermofil
plant was destroyed in a fire March 27. The plant was not equipped with
a fire suppression system because of pollution in the water on the site.