FRIDAY, Oct. 21 — A roundup of news from around the state, provided by our partners at Capital News Service. Follow the links for the full stories.
Elevated levels of lead in adults unnoticed: While the Flint water crisis garners national attention for exposing children to lead, health authorities say an even greater lead threat is ignored by state and federal regulators. It’s the dust on the clothes and shoes of workers exposed to the element in the workplace.
Michigan would ease bank taxes if bill passes: If you’re a bank in Michigan the state takes a slice of revenue from your foreign operations that other states and even the federal government leaves untouched. Bankers are pushing for legislation to repeal the grab.
Lower peak use could mean lower energy bills: Energy experts want to encourage electricity users to save money and be green by running appliances on off peak hours.
CSI Great Lakes: Fish forensics Some trout in Great Lakes tributaries are just as contaminated with a chemical linked to respiratory, liver and skin ailments as the Pacific salmon that they eat. Findings from the new study should help inform decisions on eating fish, dam removal and stocking.
State limit on emissions cheaper than plant caps: Michigan can save money in the move towards clean energy by choosing a path that limits the amount of carbon dioxide produced by power plants, says a new Electric Power Research Institute report that also cites the expected closures of coal-based power plants in the next 15 years.