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Stateside: Controversial U.P. mine gets key permits; MSU’s new president; climate change and health

Aerial view of Menominee River
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A Canadian company is planning to build an open-pit sulfide mine near the Menominee River, which divides Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.


Today on Stateside, Samuel Stanley Jr. officially took his place as Michigan State University's 21st president earlier this month. We talk to Stanley about his goals and plans for his first year in office. Plus, we talk about the ways climate change is already impacting human health in Michigan. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Freep reporter on why controversial mine secured key permits from MDEQ


Stateside's conversation with Keith Matheny

  • A Canadian company called Aquila wants to build an open-pit sulfide mine on 83 acres of the Upper Peninsula right near the Menominee River. Detroit Free Press environmental reporter Keith Matheny has been reporting on the controversial project. We talk to him about why locals are concerned about the project, and why the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy) approved permits for the mine, after initially raising concerns with Aquila's plans. 

New MSU President to focus on creating a culture of diversity, inclusion and safety on campus

Stateside’s conversation with Samuel Stanley Jr.

  • On August 1st, Samuel Stanley Jr. officially took his place as Michigan State University's 21st president. He is a medical doctor and a former president at Stony Brook University in New York. Stanley joined Stateside to talk about why he wanted to take the job, the challenges he faces after the school's controversial handling of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, and what he sees as his top priorities for his first year in office. 

Five ways climate change already impacts human health in Michigan  

Stateside’s conversation with Lorri Cameron, Aaron Ferguson, and Abdul El-Sayed

  • Climate change doesn’t just hurt our environment. It affects food production, insect outbreaks, precipitation. And, as health professionals are starting to see, it’s causing problems for human health. We talk about the health impacts we're already seeing in Michigan with Lorri Cameron and Aaron Ferguson with the Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program. We also hear from Abdul El-Sayed, former head of the City of Detroit’s Health Department, about the disproportionate impact that climate change has on low-income areas and communities of color.

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