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Charge Up Midwest welcomes DTE Energy $13 million electric vehicle pilot program.
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The largest electric vehicle charging infrastructure pilot in the Midwest was proposed by DTE Energy today as part of the utility's latest rate case to the Michigan Public Service Commission.
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Summer’s here and so is the stench of piled up garbage waiting to be burned at the Detroit Renewable Power incinerator. The Ecology Center’s Detroit office is less than two miles away from the incinerator. Last week the wind carried the putrid smells right up to the front door.
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June has proved to be a very significant month for the protection of children from lead hazards lurking in our homes and communities. Michigan has a new lead and copper rule for water and the EPA announced new lead-dust hazard standards.
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Jackson-based utility Consumers Energy has made a new infrastructure proposal to state regulators that will tackle one of the primary obstacles to electric vehicle adoption in Michigan.
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Michigan is one of the worst states in the country for childhood lead poisoning, and children urgently need us to address the legacy of lead in the paint on our walls, the soil in our backyards, and the pipes that bring water into our homes.

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We focus our efforts in a few specific areas, where we've developed deep expertise, analyzed opportunities, and identified strategies for maximum impact. We descrive these overarching areas as Environmental Health, Sustainable Food, Energy & Climate Change, and Zero Waste. To put it very briefly, we work to make your products safer, your food more local, the energy you use cleaner, and to make less waste in the process.