Southwest Michigan Today: Friday May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

State Capitol Rotunda - file photo
Credit Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

PFAS’s are discovered at a site in Hartford. Governor Whitmer says she would veto current bills to reform auto insurance. WMU’s softball season ends in the MAC tournament. 

PFAS’s have been discovered at a site in Hartford. A news release from the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department says it was notified by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy about test results from the former Du-Wei Metals Products site. Those test results showed levels of PFAS’s of 285 parts per trillion, higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s lifetime advisory level of 70 parts per trillion. The health agency says tests so far have not shown PFAS’s in Hartford’s municipal water system, or in private wells serving schools in Van Buren County, but tests are continuing.

(MPRN) Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she would veto both versions of Republican plans to overhaul the state’s auto insurance system. She says House and Senate plans adopted this week don’t do enough to ensure that people are charged rates based on their driving history, and not where they live. Whitmer says the bills also don’t guarantee permanent and immediate rate rollbacks. Republican leaders say they agree auto insurance rates in Michigan are too high, and they are ready to bargain in good faith.

(MPRN) Governor Gretchen Whiter has signed a new law that says police departments cannot permanently hold onto assets seized by law enforcement unless the owner is convicted of a crime. Civil asset forfeiture actions were adopted decades ago as a strategy for seizing the assets of drug kingpins. But critics says the laws led to violations of due process rights. The bills were adopted by the Legislature with bipartisan support. The law does not apply in cases where police seize more than 50 thousand dollars in cash.

Western Michigan has been eliminated from the Mid-American Conference Softball tournament. The Broncos lost to Northern Illinois Thursday 8-0 in Akron, Ohio. Western ends the season with a record of 18-28.