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Enviro news on Michigan Live

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

This is a digest of environmental news stories with links to their full
versions on Michigan Live:

It happened in Chicago and in Cleveland. And in the Twin Cities, a place
that everyone figured would somehow avoid the urban decay, school
decline and blight that afflicted other metropolitan areas. Urban expert
Myron Orfield won't be surprised if the pattern happens here. "It looks
pretty likely," said Orfield, a four-term Minnesota state representative
and the author of "Metropolitics."

The Walker City Commission on Monday cleared the way for redevelopment
of a contaminated Superfund site on Turner Avenue NW. The commission
unanimously agreed the city would turn over a $289,300 state grant to
DVB Partners LLC to clean the H. Brown Co. Superfund site at 2200-2160
Turner Ave. NW. The grant will be used to prepare the property for an
industrial warehouse complex.

Lead levels at St. Mary Child Care and Development Center are within an
acceptable range, following cleanup by a professional environmental
services company. Sixteen dust samples taken at the center on Saturday
all were below maximum allowable levels, said Randall Treacher, health
officer at the Jackson County Health Department.

The cities of Kalamazoo and Portage are spending hundreds of thousands
of dollars in legal and consultants' fees to battle each other over a
sewer lawsuit, Kalamazoo Mayor Robert B. Jones estimated Monday.