Top environment stories of 2021: A paltry number of lead pipe replacements, pollution next door and trillions of invasive mussels blanketing Lake Michigan
The Tribune sent reporters into Chicago neighborhoods, across state lines and even on boats in the Great Lakes to bring readers along.chicagotribune.com
Snow expected to blanket parts of the Northeast this weekend
Snowy, wintry weather is expected for parts of the Northeast this weekend, just as many people travel home after Thanksgiving break. CBS News Meteorologist and Climate Specialist Jeff Berardelli joins CBSN's Lana Zak for the latest forecast.news.yahoo.com
President Biden to visit Pfizer’s COVID vaccine plant in Michigan
A nurse holds vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine above a deep freeze cooler at Michigan Stadium on Dec. 31, 2020. President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Pfizer’s vaccine manufacturing site in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Thursday, Feb. 18. Update: Biden postpones trip to visit Michigan Pfizer facility due to weatherA statement from the White House on Friday says Biden will visit with Pfizer workers who are producing the COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer said it takes about 110 days to produce a batch of the COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer expects to make a batch of the vaccine in about 60 days, meaning more doses are on the way.
GM investing $76 million in two US manufacturing plants
DETROIT – On Monday, General Motors announced plans to invest $70 million into its Tonawanda, New York engine plant and more than $6 million into its Parma, Ohio metal stamping plant. These two manufacturing-related investments support continued strong customer and dealer demand for GM’s Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. ”GM continues to invest to strengthen our core business and respond to growing customer demand for our full-size pickups,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations. In addition, the plant builds the 6.6L small-block gas V-8 engine for the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups. The Tonawanda engine plant is home to approximately 1,300 employees.
GM investing $71 million in two Ohio manufacturing plants
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)OHIO – General Motors announced today plans to invest $71 million into two Ohio manufacturing facilities, including $39 million at its Toledo transmission plant and $32 million at its Defiance casting plant. Work will begin immediately at the two locations. These investments will enable GM to retain 240 US manufacturing jobs. READ MORE: Automotive News
Ford to build electric truck center in Dearborn, add 300 jobs
DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford says it will add 300 jobs at a new factory that’s being built to assemble batteries and manufacture an electric version of the F-150 pickup truck. The new plant -- called the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center -- is being built at the Ford Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford is starting to produce a new version of the F-150 that’s due in showrooms this November. This short video shows an animation of the center construction:“We are proud today to announce for our Ford UAW members and our nation that Ford is building this new plant to assemble the truck of the future -- a battery electric Ford F-150," reads a statement from United Auto Workers (UAW) Ford Vice President Gerald Kariem. Ford says the new electric truck will go on sale in mid-2022. Here’s some bonus video from Ford showing the all-electric F-150 prototype testing:
Invasive aquatic plant found in 4 Michigan inland lakes
LANSING, Mich. An invasive aquatic plant first detected in southeastern Michigan in 1996 has been found in four inland lakes in Washtenaw and Jackson counties. The presence of European frogbit has been confirmed within the Waterloo Recreation Area, according to Michigans Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. European frogbit resembles a miniature water lily with leaves about the size of a quarter. Since its initial detection in southeastern Michigan, the plant has spread along the coastal areas of lakes Erie and Huron up to the eastern Upper Peninsula. It also has been found in two lakes near Grand Rapids, several small bodies of water in Oakland County and in the Lower Grand River in Ottawa County and Pentwater Lake in Oceana County.
UAW issues statement in response to coronavirus concerns at FCA plants
Many employees at the plant refuse to work due to safety concerns. According to FCA, an employee at the plant was tested and the persons work area is being disinfected. Workers at the Detroit plant refused to return Friday over concerns they may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Meanwhile, FCA reported there were no confirmed cases at the Detroit plant. Under the protocols that we worked out when there are concerns, the UAW and our members work with FCA to address those concerns.
Tennessee GM plant to lay off 680, end 3rd shift amid virus
SPRING HILL, Tenn. General Motors said Wednesday it will lay off 680 workers at its Tennessee assembly plant and eliminate the facilitys third shift, moves the company says are due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement about the Spring Hill plant, General Motors said it believes the best way to react to the unforeseen change in market conditions due to COVID-19 is to reduce output and continue to operate on two shifts effective immediately. The plant employs 3,700 people total and has union representation through the United Auto Workers. GM and other automakers temporarily shut down U.S. factories starting in March due to COVID-19. The Spring Hill facilitys first shift went back on May 18, and the second shift returned June 1.
County Commissioner to Trump: ‘Cancel your visit to Washtenaw County’
ANN ARBOR – Jason Morgan, Chair of Washtenaw County’s Board of Commissioners, has written an open letter to President Donald Trump calling on him to cancel his planned visit to the area on Thursday. President Trump is scheduled to visit Ford’s Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti, which has been producing ventilators during the pandemic. In his letter, Morgan said that lack of communication from White House personnel to local officials about the visit leads him to believe it must be a campaign stop. “Your tweet incorrectly stated that absentee ballots will be mailed - in fact, residents will receive absentee ballot applications,” wrote Morgan. President Trump has not responded to Morgan’s letter.
Mahindra’s Auburn Hills plant gets ready to restart vehicle assembly
Mahindra’s Auburn Hills plant gets ready to restart vehicle assemblyPublished: May 13, 2020, 5:45 pmMahindra and Mahindra Limited’s plant in Auburn Hills never fully shut down. Like many automakers, its workers switched over to make PPE.
Growing marijuana in Michigan: Here’s what to know about the law
DETROIT – As of Dec. 6, 2018 it is legal to grow your own marijuana in the state of Michigan. Legal adults in Michigan are allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants inside their residence. If the caregiver is also a patient and has five patients, he or she can grow up to 72 marijuana plants. Michigan adopted its statutory definition of marijuana in the Public Health Code, utilizing the then current federal spelling, marihuana. An act of the Michigan Legislature would be required in order to change the spelling of marijuana in the Michigan statutes, such as the Public Health Code or the newer marijuana laws.