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Life 5 Years After Worst Inland Oil Spill in the Nation

We check in with people who were affected by the Enbridge oil spill in the Marshall, Michigan area, five years after the disaster.

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Investigating the Tar Rock Rumor

Five years ago, an Enbridge Energy pipeline burst, causing the biggest inland oil spill in U.S history. One of the rumors you can still hear about the incident is that the company must have dumped a surfactant into the Kalamazoo River to help break up the oil.The chemical is called corexit. And it can be harmful to humans. Regulators – and Enbridge - all deny corexit was ever used for the Kalamazo spill. But that hasn't put the rumor to rest. Lindsey Smith has been working to sort fact from fiction.

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Why the status of Line 5 below Lake Michigan is still unknown

This week, the state of Michigan released a much-anticipated report from its pipeline task force, but information about the condition of Line 5 was not in it.

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Feds Want to Take Eastern Cougar off the Endangered List

Is the eastern cougar extinct? Or did it never really exist in the first place? We'll hear about a debate over this elusive animal.

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Researchers Say We Need to Know More About Burn Pit Exposure (Part 2)

Researchers say burn pit exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan needs to be examined closely.

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Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Worry About Burn Pit Exposure (Part 1)

We'll hear about concerns veterans have about their health.

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Pallet Wars and Goats Tackle Invasive Plants

We'll hear about a war between corrugated pallet makers and the wood pallet industry, and we'll visit a forest where goats are munching away on invasive plants.

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What the Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Mercury Rules Might Mean for MI

State Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta weighs in on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Michigan v. EPA.

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Green infrastructure in Detroit

A vision and some experimental projects for transforming Detroit's vacant land into a new kind of water infrastructure

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Why Scientists Are Calling for More Research into Chemical Mixtures

When scientists study chemicals for their potential to cause cancer, they usually study them one at a time. But we're exposed to mixtures of chemicals every day. We'll hear why a team of scientists around the world says we need to make this research a priority.

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