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Huron Township police conduct school bus route patrols on Wednesday


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published Jan. 22, 2020

Huron Township police conducted a special patrol of Huron School District bus routes on Wednesday that aimed to enforce stopped school bus laws.

The operation was organized by the Traffic Services Unit, which included several plain clothes officers on multiple buses, several unmarked police vehicles, following multiple buses, and fully marked patrol vehicles assigned to initiate traffic stops on offenders.

High school, middle school, and elementary bus routes were targeted and enforced.

No drivers were cited during Wednesday’s operation.

In December, one driver was ticketed during a similar operation by police.

In October, three drivers were ticketed during a patrol of school bus routes that month.

“Below are some tips for parents that we hope will be helpful,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

● Parents and kids should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the red lights to be engaged before approaching the bus. Many drivers were observed to stop for the yellow lights, but not all. Many kids began to cross the street while the yellow yield lights were flashing, which could cause them to get struck by a vehicle.
● Multiple bus stops on busy roads had elementary age children at the stop without an adult present. This was especially dangerous with wet road conditions and kids too close to the road.
● Multiple parents were observed at the stop with their hands full. This included cell phones, coffee, etc. This could make it difficult for a parent to pull their child to safety in the event of an emergency.

Michigan’s stopped school bus law can be viewed here.


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Romulus mayor to tout accomplishments, outline 2020 goals and plans during state of city address

Romulus Mayor Leroy Burcroff


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published Jan. 20, 2020

Romulus Mayor Leroy Burcroff will give the annual state of the city address on Jan. 23.

The address will highlight the city’s business development accomplishments as well as outline goals and plans for the 2020 year, which include upgrades for public safety operations, infrastructure and more, a statement from the mayor’s office said.

The event is $20 for the public to attend, with proceeds going toward Romulus summer programming, including the Sounds in Downtown and Movies in the Park events.

The address will be held at Romulus Athletic Center, 35765 Northline Road.

Registration is at 3:30 p.m. and the address is 4:30-5:30 p.m.


 

Math competitions at Huron High School on Saturday postponed due to winter storm


Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

Math competitions scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18 at Huron High School have been postponed due to a winter storm that is forecasted to drop 7 to 8 inches of snow in parts of southeast Michigan.

The elementary and middle school competitions scheduled for that day will be rescheduled, and a date and time for the makeup event will be announced once it is organized.

“Thank you to everyone who was planning to come and compete. We hope that you will be able to attend once we’ve rescheduled,” said Cathy Farrell, event organizer.

Related: Winter storm warning issued; heavy snow is on the way


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Winter storm warning issued; heavy snow is on the way


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published Jan. 17, 2020 — 7:20 a.m. EST

Yesterday’s winter storm watch has been upgraded to a winter storm warning for all of southeast Michigan.

Snow totals have also gone up by an inch or two since initial forecasts.

A total of 7 to 8 inches of snow is expected.

Related: Math competitions at Huron High School on Saturday postponed due to winter storm

Winter Storm Warning

For Wayne County

Issued by National Weather Service

Detroit, MI

3:55 AM EST Fri, Jan 17, 2020

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST SATURDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Peak snowfall rates up to an inch per hour likely early Saturday morning. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches by Saturday afternoon. Winds gusting as high as 30 mph.

* WHERE…Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe Counties.

* WHEN…From 10 PM this evening to noon EST Saturday.

* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Visibilities will be decreased in areas of heavy snow.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Snow will begin Friday night and become heaviest during the 1 AM to 7 AM timeframe on Saturday. Temperates will then rise to near freezing or perhaps a degree or two above. This will coincide with a changeover to sleet before warmer air transitions precipitation to rain or drizzle by mid afternoon, or earlier for Lenawee and Monroe counties.


Winter Storm Watch issued through Saturday afternoon


Posted by The Huron Hub on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 — 2:45 PM EST

The National Weather Service in Detroit has issued a winter storm watch through Saturday afternoon for all of southeast Michigan.

Snow, which could be heavy at times, will begin late Friday and end Saturday around noon.

Total accumulation of 4 to 7 inches is expected across the area.

Snow may mix with sleet near the Ohio border.

Roads will be treacherous on Saturday. Motorists are advised to plan ahead.


 

National Weather Service forecasting 4-7 inches of snow by Saturday morning

(Huron Hub photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

It looks as though the first significant snowfall of the new year will come this weekend.

The National Weather Service in Detroit is forecasting 4 to 7 inches of snow for late Friday night into Saturday morning in southeast Michigan.

The weather service is saying the snowfall could be moderate to heavy at times, especially between 4 and 9 a.m. Saturday.

Temperatures will rise to the 30s, causing the snow to turn into drizzle, possibly melting some of the fresh snow.


 

Michigan attorney general files lawsuit against firms over PFAS contamination

Toxic PFAS foam, seen here, can be bright white and tends to pile up like shaving cream on a river or lakeshore. The substance is usually lightweight and can be sticky. (Photo credit: Michigan.gov)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Jan. 15, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court against 17 defendants—including 3M and DuPont—for damages and injury to the State of Michigan caused by contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS.

The lawsuit, according to the attorney general’s office, is the first legal action taken by the state against PFAS manufacturers.

The state’s lawsuit alleges the 17 defendants deliberately concealed the dangers of PFAS and withheld scientific evidence, and intentionally, knowingly and recklessly sold, distributed, released, transported, supplied, arranged for disposal or treatment, and handled and used PFAS and PFAS-containing materials in Michigan in a way that they knew would contaminate natural resources and expose Michigan residents to harm.

The defendants are:

  • Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co. – a/k/a 3M;
  • DuPont, including its historic corporate self/identity/entity, as well as its post-merger-and-spinoff self – DuPont de Nemours Inc., a/k/a “New DuPont”;
  • The Chemours Co., a spinoff of DuPont, and its subsidiary (The Chemours Co. FC LLX);
  • Corteva Inc., another DuPont spinoff which was part of Defendant Dow DuPont;
  • Dyneon LLC;
  • Archroma entities;
  • Arkema entities;
  • AGC Chemicals Americas Inc.;
  • Daikin Industries entities;
  • Solvay Specialty Polymers, USA LLC; and
  • Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc.

“We bring this action today on behalf of the people of Michigan,” said Nessel.  “It is our responsibility to protect our residents and our state’s natural resources and property by preventing and abating hazards to public health, safety, welfare and the environment – and by placing the responsibility for this massive undertaking with those responsible for creating the problem.”

The complaint alleges the defendants knew or should have known that:

  • PFAS persist in the environment and do not degrade;
  • PFAS would accumulate and build up in animals and humans exposed to PFAS;
  • PFAS are potential or confirmed carcinogens; and
  • continued manufacture and use of PFAS would inevitably result in continued and increased levels of PFAS getting into the environment and into people’s bodies.

The state also alleges the defendants knew PFAS are toxic and pose substantial health and environmental risks but hid this information from the state and its residents.

Specifically, the state says companies neglected to tell people what was in the products, suppressed the scientific evidence that the chemicals were hazardous, discharged the chemicals into the environment and distributed the chemicals all over the world, including into Michigan, knowing that PFAS would contaminate natural resources and threaten public health.

PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s.

In March 2019, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services extended a warning first issued in August 2018 regarding unsafe PFAS levels in the Huron River.

Related: Michigan extends PFAS chemical warnings for Huron River

During that time, MDHHS said fish from the Huron River were not safe to eat due to high PFAS levels.

Officials at the time said touching the fish or water and swimming in the water bodies is not considered a health concern as PFAS do not move easily through the skin.

However, those on the Huron River were warned in September 2018 not to swallow foam that might be floating on the surface of the water.

Exposure to PFAS is correlated with several harmful and serious health effects including decreased fertility, pregnancy induced hypertension and/or preeclampsia, liver damage, thyroid disease, problems with cholesterol levels, immune system problems, and increased likelihood of cancer, especially kidney and testicular cancers.

“Without widespread action to investigate, remediate and restore the resources in Michigan impacted by PFAS contamination, the presence and migration of PFAS in our state’s natural resources and property will continue unchecked and indefinitely, threatening natural resources, property and our residents,” Nessel said.  “We are committed to ensuring that the companies responsible for unleashing PFAS on our state will stand up to their legal obligations and responsibilities.  Their reprehensible conduct demands Gov. Whitmer and I take every legal and regulatory action necessary to protect the people and natural resources of our state.”

A copy of the lawsuit is available here