Two new plants needed to process $1.6 billion in Michigan milk

Michigan farmers, now among the top dairy producers in the nation, are suffering from the state’s lack of capacity to process milk. New plants are in the works for Greenville and St. Johns. We talk to a Westphalia farmer, Michigan Milk Producers, Farm Bureau and Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

New report discloses how much toxic coal ash Michigan utilities produce

Michigan electric utilities last year produced nearly 1.5 million tons of toxic coal ash, a material that may threaten the state’s drinking water. The amount of the material stored in landfills and settling ponds and that can contain arsenic, mercury and lead was reported recently in a study by the Michigan Environmental Council.

Energy alternatives on the rise in Michigan–slowly

The number of Michiganders producing some of their own electricity from solar, wind and water power jumped 35 percent in 2017. That helped offset some of their power costs, but it still amounts to a tiny bit of the state’s electricity needs, according to a recent report by the Public Service Commission.

Restocking wolves on Isle Royale raises questions about which species get rescued

Supporters call the National Park Service’s plan to restock wolves on Isle Royale a “genetic rescue,” but skeptics say nature should be allowed to take its course. Authors Mark Neuzil and Eric Freedman think this is unlikely to happen because wolves have friends in high places in the scientific establishment and the federal government.