Michigan Bills Would Change DEQ’s Rulemaking Power

By Alice Yin LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation to weaken the state Department of Environmental Quality has ensnared Lansing in a spat over the agency’s usefulness, with one side insisting it tramples over ordinary citizens and the other saying it’s too lax. The first of the trio of bills would generate a private-interest panel with […]

Product Recalls: Smoke Alarms, HVAC Units

By The Associated Press More than 400,000 smoke alarms are being recalled because of a potential defect that can block a sensor, posing a risk to consumers. Other recalled consumer products include light commercial HVAC units. Here’s a more detailed look: Smoke Alarms Details: Models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) […]

Public Health Chief of Staff’s Top Aide Campaigned During Legionnaires’ Crisis

By John O’Connor SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — While the Department of Public Health faced the baffling return of Legionnaires’ disease at a state-run veterans home in 2016, a top administrator left to work on Republican campaigns for the Illinois House, records reviewed by The Associated Press show. Erik Rayman, the chief of staff to Public […]

Agency Denies Pipeline’s Request for More Time to Cut Trees

By Sarah Rankin RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal commission denied a request Wednesday, March 28, from developers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline to continue cutting down trees along the project’s route beyond an initial deadline designed to protect birds and bats. Dominion Energy, leading percentage owner of the natural gas pipeline, told the […]

Judge Holds Climate Change Class in Suits Against Big Oil

By Sudhin Thanawala SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge presiding over lawsuits that accuse big oil companies of lying about global warming to protect their profits is turning his courtroom into a classroom in what could be the first hearing to study the science of climate change. U.S. District Judge William Alsup asked lawyers […]