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Portable Toilet Flush With Amenities

By Debra Pressey The (Champaign) News-Gazette URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A petite vanity, a sink with hot and cold running water, a mirror for primping and, oh my, a flushing toilet. This is not your parents’ port-a-potty. Not even close. “People say ‘portable toilets, yuck,”’ said Michelle Van Wynen, with Urbana-based Gulliford Services/Illinois Portable Toilets. […]

After Flint, Lawmakers Study $165M for Other Infrastructure

By David Eggert LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers confronting the cost of Flint’s water crisis and the Detroit school district’s enormous debt are also being asked for an initial $165 million deposit to upgrade aging underground infrastructure across Michigan. It’s not just the lead pipes that carry water into older homes and businesses that eventually […]

Solar Farm Developers Target New York With Lease Offers *

By Mary Esch ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Less than a year after New York banned fracking, dashing the hopes of farmers who had hoped to reap royalties from natural gas leases, the commercial solar industry is courting landowners for energy production. Buoyed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s renewable energy plan and the extension of the […]

Grand River Advisory Lifted After Wastewater Line Rupture

BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Health officials have lifted an advisory warning against body contact with the Grand River that was put into place after a wastewater transmission line ruptured in southern Michigan. The Jackson County Health Department said in March that there’s no more potential threat. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports the line began […]

Detroit Considers Strict Regulations for Handling Pet Coke

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit is considering a measure that would strictly regulate the handling of petroleum coke and other bulk solid materials to protect the health of residents. The proposal comes after uproar in 2013 over piles of petroleum coke, a byproduct of oil refining, that were stored by a company along the Detroit River, […]