In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
The Toledo Blade reports that state regulators and treatment plant operators are unsure how to implement an EPA advisory on microcystins, the toxins produced by harmful algal blooms. The confusion stems from the establishment of two different drinking water standards, one for children and one for adults. Meanwhile, Michigan Radio reports on a partnership between Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and the Department of Agriculture to provide assistance to farmers in reducing the agricultural runoff that can promote the development of toxic algal blooms. And the Chicago Tribune reports that Lake Erie’s frequent algal blooms could facilitate the establishment of Asian carp, a destructive invasive fish that preferentially eats algal blooms.
A Canadian advisory panel has endorsed a controversial nuclear waste disposal plan, reports the Associated Press. The proposed plan calls for low-level waste from nuclear power plants to be buried less than a mile from Lake Huron’s shores.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the Michigan legislature is considering a bill to exempt energy companies from rules requiring they disclose information about their energy infrastructure, such as oil and gas pipelines. Proponents of the bill claim that it will make it more difficult for terrorists to target energy infrastructure, but environmentalists believe that it will help energy companies avoid public accountability.