Canadian Trash Being Imported to Michigan Landfills

Nikhil Parvathala's picture

Recently, there's been concern in Michigan with trash from Canada filling up the landfills in Michigan. As per the Detroit Free Press, this trash from Canada is being imported to Michigan because of the state's abundance in landfills and also as a result of Michigan having lower fees than other surrounding states. "The amount of Canadian solid waste imported to Michigan jumped 19% from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2017, to nearly 10.6 million cubic yards, according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's latest annual solid waste report.

Proposal by Steven Lesha: Enbridge Pipeline 5 and a Potential Oil Spill

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Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Ann Arbor's Dioxane Problem

Peterson Ianakiev's picture

As many of you may have previously heard, between 1966 and 1986, Gelman Sciences released 850,000 pounds of dioxane into the ground. Dioxane is a colorless, tasteless toxic liquid that is used as a solvent in industrial applications, and is very poisonous to humans. Slowly, this dioxane has been moving through groundwater beneath Ann Arbor, making its way towards the Huron River and other drinking sources. According to MLive, it has already contaminated an aquifer on the city's western side, and will eventually reach Barton Pond, Ann Arbor's main source of drinking water.

Tesla and Electric Vehicles Transforming Noise Pollution?

Austin Priebe (TC)'s picture

What some say may be a benefit others view as hazard. As electric vehicles (EVs) gain traction in the transforming automotive environment, much question has been raised about the hazard of such a quiet vehicle on the road. This is largely due to pedestrians, and more specifically visually impaired individuals, not being able to hear an EV approach. Because of the issues that arose as EVs became more prevalent, they are now required to emit sounds at low speeds.

Air Quality: What if the Air in your Town was Unsafe to Breathe?

People who live in Detroit and nearby neighborhoods have been affected for years by heavy industrial operations in their communities polluting the air. The Michigan Department of Community Health has called this area the “Epicenter of Asthma Burden,” due to the health consequences that stem from the polluted air in the region. Further, the American Lung Association found in 2014 that Wayne County had the highest asthma rates in the entire state of Michigan. In Detroit's zip codes, 18% of students have diagnosed asthma (with an additional 7-10% estimated undiagnosed cases).

Wind Farms and Alternative Energy

Austin Priebe (TC)'s picture

As states look to alternative energy sources, it has come with hardships. Michigan began to rely on wind power as its preferred energy due to the large amounts of wind that can come off the surrounding Great Lakes. Concerns with these large wind farms is not only the noise and “ugliness,” but also the impact these large moving figures can have on birds and bats.

The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint Water Crisis: In 2014, the city of Flint switched its water supply. Almost immediately, Flint residents started to complain about lead seepage into their tap water - sparking a giant public health crisis. Soon after, President Obama declared a federal state of emergency.

For those who aren't completely familiar with the Flint Water Crisis details, I will post the most important facts below:

Enbridge Pipeline 5

Austin Priebe (TC)'s picture

The Enbridge Pipeline 5 has been a highly negotiated topic among regulators and environmentalists. This scrutiny has derived from the fact that spillage would be so costly to not only clean up, but to the entire Michigan economy as a whole. For those of you who don’t know what the Enbridge Pipeline 5 is, it’s a pipeline that was built in 1953 which runs through the Mackinac straights. Every day 23 million gallons of oil flow through these pipes. The pipes are owned by a Canadian company Enbridge, Inc.

Canadian Trash Being Imported to Michigan Landfills

Nikhil Parvathala's picture

Recently, there's been concern in Michigan with trash from Canada filling up the landfills in Michigan. As per the Detroit Free Press, this trash from Canada is being imported to Michigan because of the state's abundance in landfills and also as a result of Michigan having lower fees than other surrounding states. "The amount of Canadian solid waste imported to Michigan jumped 19% from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2017, to nearly 10.6 million cubic yards, according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's latest annual solid waste report.

Ann Arbor's Dioxane Problem

Peterson Ianakiev's picture

As many of you may have previously heard, between 1966 and 1986, Gelman Sciences released 850,000 pounds of dioxane into the ground. Dioxane is a colorless, tasteless toxic liquid that is used as a solvent in industrial applications, and is very poisonous to humans. Slowly, this dioxane has been moving through groundwater beneath Ann Arbor, making its way towards the Huron River and other drinking sources. According to MLive, it has already contaminated an aquifer on the city's western side, and will eventually reach Barton Pond, Ann Arbor's main source of drinking water.

Tesla and Electric Vehicles Transforming Noise Pollution?

Austin Priebe (TC)'s picture

What some say may be a benefit others view as hazard. As electric vehicles (EVs) gain traction in the transforming automotive environment, much question has been raised about the hazard of such a quiet vehicle on the road. This is largely due to pedestrians, and more specifically visually impaired individuals, not being able to hear an EV approach. Because of the issues that arose as EVs became more prevalent, they are now required to emit sounds at low speeds.

Air Quality: What if the Air in your Town was Unsafe to Breathe?

People who live in Detroit and nearby neighborhoods have been affected for years by heavy industrial operations in their communities polluting the air. The Michigan Department of Community Health has called this area the “Epicenter of Asthma Burden,” due to the health consequences that stem from the polluted air in the region. Further, the American Lung Association found in 2014 that Wayne County had the highest asthma rates in the entire state of Michigan. In Detroit's zip codes, 18% of students have diagnosed asthma (with an additional 7-10% estimated undiagnosed cases).

Wind Farms and Alternative Energy

Austin Priebe (TC)'s picture

As states look to alternative energy sources, it has come with hardships. Michigan began to rely on wind power as its preferred energy due to the large amounts of wind that can come off the surrounding Great Lakes. Concerns with these large wind farms is not only the noise and “ugliness,” but also the impact these large moving figures can have on birds and bats.

The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint Water Crisis: In 2014, the city of Flint switched its water supply. Almost immediately, Flint residents started to complain about lead seepage into their tap water - sparking a giant public health crisis. Soon after, President Obama declared a federal state of emergency.

For those who aren't completely familiar with the Flint Water Crisis details, I will post the most important facts below:

Enbridge Pipeline 5

Austin Priebe (TC)'s picture

The Enbridge Pipeline 5 has been a highly negotiated topic among regulators and environmentalists. This scrutiny has derived from the fact that spillage would be so costly to not only clean up, but to the entire Michigan economy as a whole. For those of you who don’t know what the Enbridge Pipeline 5 is, it’s a pipeline that was built in 1953 which runs through the Mackinac straights. Every day 23 million gallons of oil flow through these pipes. The pipes are owned by a Canadian company Enbridge, Inc.

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Proposal by Steven Lesha: Enbridge Pipeline 5 and a Potential Oil Spill

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How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

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