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Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC)
PO Box 1166
Traverse City, MI 49685

  • Bethany Rishell
    commented 2018-07-06 11:32:44 -0400
    I wanted to alert you to a major threat to Michigan’s environmental protection laws: Steve King’s Amendment to the Farm Bill, the so-called “Protect Interstate Commerce Act.” On its face, this legislation is aimed at stripping states of their right to set policy regarding agricultural products sold within their borders. However, the language is so broadly defined that it could lead courts to nullify hundreds of state laws across the country that protect our environment from dangerous pesticides, animal waste, and irresponsible farming practices.

    Will you join the growing coalition opposing the King Amendment’s attack on the environment? If so, simply reply “yes.”

    The following are examples of state laws safeguarding Michigan’s beautiful environment that would be jeopardized if this legislation passes:

    • Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 286.82 – establishes authority to protect cherry crops from pests, including via the seizure or destruction of infected crops

    • Mich. Admin. Code R. 285.715.7 – restricts sale of noxious weeds and establishes maximum percentage of noxious weeds allowable in shipments of regular seed

    • Mich. Comp. Laws § 287.731 – prohibits the import of animals determined by the state to endanger native wildlife

    • Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 29.495, § 29.497, § 29.499, § 29.501 – requires that any cigarettes sold in the state be tested in accordance with specific test methods and meet certain flammability standards, in order to reduce unintended fires

    The threat is urgent because the House just passed its version of the Farm Bill, which contains the King Amendment. We need to make sure that the Senate rejects this terrible amendment and that it is NOT included in any final House/Senate package.

    A diverse, rapidly growing array of organizations, including the Alabama Rivers Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Working Group, and Southern Environmental Law Center oppose King’s bill.

    Would the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council be willing to send its own letter to House leadership, or sign on to our joint letter that opposes King’s measure and a related bill introduced by Rep. Sensenbrenner (HR 2887)? If you prefer to send your own, we would be happy to provide drafts or examples of letters submitted to Congress by other concerned organizations. Or would you simply allow us to add your organization’s name to our coalition list as mentioned above?

    Thank you very much in advance for your consideration. If you’d like to discuss the above in further detail, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at the number below.

    Thank you,

  • Steven Smiley
    commented 2018-06-15 10:03:58 -0400
    SeeJune 15, 2018 SOLAR ALERT

    From members of the Cherryland Electric Cooperative “Member Advisory Committee”; Tom Gallery, Peter Wolcott, Steve Smiley ([email protected])


    At this MONDAY’S June 18, 9 AM, Cherryland Electric Cooperative Board of Director’s meeting the board will be making decisions on the fate of solar energy for members by voting on proposals that basically kill solar energy for member installations. Of the seven board members, four board members can IMMEDIATELY propose policies to advance solar energy in our community and reject the solar killing resolutions.

    We recommend:

    VOTE TO RE-INSTATE “FULL NET METERING”, from the modified net metering program that was established to pay 5.6 cents/kW-hour, in contrast to 12 cents/kW-hour with full net metering. Cherryland recently cancelled the net metering program arguing they (and our generation cooperative) met their 10 MW – 1% solar goal!). In reauthorizing full net-metering the 20-kW capacity cap per member should be removed. The board should make a motion to re-instate full net metering at this June 18, meeting, AND NOT DELAY ANY APPLICATIONS FOR SOLAR PROJECTS—SOME THAT HAVE BEEN PLANNED AND/OR UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

    VOTE TO Re-instate 10 cents/kW-hr, with guaranteed allotments for small and medium size member solar projects. REJECT THE 6.5 cents/kW-hour Solar “Buy All / Sell All” (BASA) proposal by Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative (our “generation” cooperative) that reduces the price from 10 cents/kW-hour to 6.5 cents/kW-hour.


    • Solar energy installed by Cherryland Electric members is a great benefit, enriching our and community.

    • When a member installs solar on their property the excess clean energy goes right to their neighbors at no added expense to the grid, providing cheap, clean, high quality energy.

    • Solar system owners provide a free source of capital to our cooperative, free financing for clean energy.

    • Outside studies place the value of solar to a utility at over 14 cents/kW-hour, exceeding the retail price paid by members. Solar systems do not increase member or the cooperative costs, they provide clean, affordable energy. Anything less than the retail full net meter price is cheating our members.

    • When we members install solar systems, we keep our money at home, improving our local economy and the environment with multiplied community economic benefits? Two-thirds of our money paid to our cooperative is sent out-of-state for coal, gas and atomic energy.

    We salute the excellent operations and service staff at our cooperative, while demanding that the board and management advance policies the make solar work for members. Contact our cooperative board immediately.

    Come to the Monday, June 18, meeting at 9 AM in Grawn and voice your concerns.

    Contact our board and management to express your opinions: Terry Lautner, President, ([email protected] Ph: 231-946-4623), Tom Van Pelt ([email protected] Ph: 231 386-5234), Melinda Lautner ([email protected] Ph: 231-947-2509), David Schweitzer ([email protected] Ph: 231 883-5860), John Olson ([email protected] Ph: 231 938-1228), Gabe Schneider ([email protected] Ph: 517 449-6453), Jon Zickert ([email protected] Ph: 231 631-1337) and Tony Anderson, Mgr. ([email protected] Ph: 231 486-9200).

  • mary sue rogers
    commented 2018-06-11 05:15:09 -0400
    unscribe please
  • mary sue rogers
    commented 2018-06-11 05:13:08 -0400
  • TIm Reznich
    commented 2018-05-16 12:01:25 -0400
    I just received my certificate in the mail. Thank you for the award. I apologize for missing your event, it would have been great to mingle and hear what people are up to.

    Our program is going strong. It has been very rewarding introducing environmental issues to my students and having them respond so positively. We have had many in depth discussions about local, national and world-wide issues and I have come away from those discussions impressed (and I have to admit, suprised) by their interest and passion. I look forward to teaching this class for many years to come, as we will be able to investigate and explore new environmental developments and issues as they come up.

    Again, thank you for the award, I will share this with my students.


    Tim Reznich

    Frankfort High School
  • Jannan Cornstalk
    commented 2018-05-07 06:11:05 -0400
    I would like to bring you and June in on a conference call on (TUESDAY) May 15th at 3pm NEED GREG & JUNE email to send conference call number and info. Proposal & Agenda
  • Jannan Cornstalk
    commented 2018-05-07 06:07:37 -0400
    Pipe Out Paddle Protest 4
  • Kama Ross
    commented 2018-05-01 16:01:14 -0400
    The Forestry Assistance Program of Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Conservation Districts is teaming up with Leo Creek Preserve to host a Tree Waste to Biochar Workshop, on Tuesday, June 12, 6:00-8:30 pm. I can forward a pdf of the flyer or you can pull it off the Leelanau Conservation District website at Should be a very interesting evening.
  • Jeff Anderson
    commented 2018-04-23 11:50:53 -0400
    Hey NMEAC I wanted to send you news of an event we at NREC are putting on this Thursday. I hope you can post it on your site!

    Jeff AndersonIn the words of Stephanie Mills:

    Had Enough Snark?

    Want to witness a live argument that’s civil, respectful, and exciting?

    Come to THAT’S DEBATABLE, a free event. It’s the first in a series of formal public debates sponsored by the Neahtawanta Research and Education Center.

    You’ll hear what two teams of local talent have to say, pro and con, about this proposition:

    Two years of civic or military service should be required, without exemption, of every U.S. citizen on attaining voting age.

    (The composition of the teams may surprise you.)

    They are on the Pro side; TC West High Debaters Aage Denton and Michael Carley

    on the Con side; Donna Gundle Krieg, representative for NW MI Libertarian Party and Anthony Weber ethics teacher at NMC and pastor for Church of the Living God.

    And moderating will be Benjamin Marentette the TC City Clerk

    You’ll have an opportunity to hear differing opinions, judge the reasoning of the debaters, and share in their passion to persuade and prevail.

    Months in preparation, Edition One of THAT’S DEBATABLE, will take place April 26 at 7PM in the Milliken Auditorium at Northwestern Michigan College. Co-sponsored by WNMC and Eric Hines and underwritten by Conflict Resolution Services and supported by International Affairs Forum this public battle of wits will be broadcast live on WNMC Radio.
  • Ron Brown
    commented 2018-03-10 11:57:13 -0500
    For additional information contact [email protected]

    The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame

    Announces It’s Inductees For 2018

    The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame will be holding it’s 2018 induction ceremony May 9 at 6:15 in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. This year the Honorable Vern Ehlers will be induced into the Legacy Circle.

    Individuals are Bill Murphy, former Enforcements Officer for the MDNR, Bob Garner, former legislative assistant and host of Michigan Outdoors television show, and Helen Taylor, State Director for the Nature Conservancy.

    Also included this year, in the Projects category is Project Clarity, an attempt to clean up the Macatawa Water Shed, for School/Colleges, the Great Lakes Leadership Academy, in the Non-Profit category, The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.

    The speaker this year will be Helen Taylor, State Director for the Nature Conservancy.
  • Drew Warner
    commented 2018-02-05 15:22:59 -0500

    WE would love to help spread the word about all you are doing. Please send a press release to me and we’ll get it to our editors at MyNorth Media. We’d also love to be the ticketing service provider for the May event this year as a local provider with MyNorth Tickets over Brown Paper Tickets. Rates are comparable and we offer much more local promotion!
  • Ron Brown
    commented 2018-01-12 14:01:21 -0500
  • Sarah MacFarlane Neal
    commented 2017-12-28 14:24:19 -0500
    im online, trying to make a small donation…but cant see where to post the financial details……
  • William Gittlen
    commented 2017-11-22 15:01:46 -0500


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