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July 24, 2017

 Your weekly roundup of Political, Environmental, Economic, Research, and Social headlines from around Lake Superior!

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#SuperiorPolitics -  Federal government moves toward outright ban of microbeads 

Canadian government declares microbeads 'toxic'

Canadian government declares microbeads 'toxic'

In a move towards an outright ban, the Canadian federal government has officially labelled microbeads a toxic substance under the Environmental Protection Act. Doing so will give them the ability to ban the beads, often used in personal care products. According to an online notice by the Canada Gazette, the government is now targeting microbeads 5 millimetres in size, as …

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#SuperiorEnvironment - Proposed Menominee metal mine in Upper Peninsula nears decision 

Pending Menominee metal mine decision stirring controversy

Pending Menominee metal mine decision stirring controversy

A pending metal mine dubbed 'the Back Forty' is stirring up controversy in the Upper Peninsula on the border between Wisconsin and Michigan. Michigan officials are weighing whether or not to let the mine be built on the bank of the Menominee River, which locals, indigenous groups, and environmental groups fear could pollute the river itself and surrounding watersheds. The mine …

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#SuperiorEconomic - Ship operator charged with polluting Great Lakes and subsequent cover up

MV Cornelia operator pleads guilty to charges

MV Cornelia operator pleads guilty to charges

German ship operating company MST Mineralien Schiffahrt plead guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to environmental violations. The company was charged with discharging oily wastewater in the Great Lakes from Liberian-flagged MV Cornelia, and then covered up the illegal act in the ship's documentation. On at least ten occasions between February to October 2015, crew members on the Cornelia dumped …

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#SuperiorResearch - Wisconsin Sea Grant gives public notice of research being done on Lake Superior

 

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EPA, UMD conducting extensive summer research on Superior

Moira Harrington, assistant director of communications for Wisconsin Sea Grant in Madison, published recently to the Duluth News Tribune to give local residents a heads up about thorough, extensive research being conducted on Lake Superior this summer. According to Harrington, "a team of scientists is plying the big lake's waters this summer to discover hidden reaches and untold stories." From July …

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#SuperiorSocial - Open invitation to discuss Great Lakes issues and participate in cultural activities at Great Lakes Gathering July 14-17

Great Lakes Gathering 2016

Great Lakes Gathering 2016

From July 14-17, hundreds are expected to gather at Ojibway Park in Garden River First Nation, ON for the Great Lakes Gathering. The event is a gathering inviting both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to discuss and collaborate on ideas to protect watersheds in the Great Lakes basin. Garden River First Nation is located along the St. Mary's River, and the gathering …

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