Southwest Michigan Today: Tuesday October 2, 2018

Oct 2, 2018

Bottled Water distributed in Parchment this summer due to PFAS's - file photo
Credit Gordon Evans / WMUK

Backers of legalizing marijuana unveil a study showing a revenue windfall for the state. Georgia-Pacific will work with the state on identifying where PFAS’s came from in Parchment. A WMU freshman is the MAC West offensive player of the week. 

(Michigan Radio) Legalizing recreational marijuana could create half a billion dollars in new state tax revenue over its first five years. That's according to a study commissioned by the group behind the November ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan. Opponents say there will be large social costs in Michigan if recreational marijuana is approved.

State environmental officials say Georgia-Pacific will work with the state on identifying the source of PFAS’s in Parchment’s water. The Department of Environmental Quality announced Monday that the company has agreed to work with the state on, among other things, monitoring locations, and collecting and analyzing groundwater samples. Georgia-Pacific did not own or operate the facility suspected as the source of PFAS contamination, but they did buy the company that formally operated the plant. The DEQ says it may not be the only source of PFAS’s in the area.

(Interlochen Public Radio) A new law would make bringing a weapon to the airport a felony. The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge. It says that you can’t bring weapons past a government checkpoint. In August Republican Lee Chatfield, who represents part of Northern Michigan in the state House brought an unregistered handgun into an airport. He was fined $250. Jones says this bill has nothing to do with that incident.

(Michigan Radio) Environmental groups are voicing concerns about a potential plan to build a tunnel to house a controversial oil pipeline that passes through the Straits of Mackinac. Environmental groups predict Governor Rick Snyder will announce a tunnel plan soon. A governor’s spokesman would only say they are reviewing studies and working through all possible options.

Western Michigan University wide receiver Jaylen Reed has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division’s offensive player of the week. The freshman had seven catches, including four touchdowns and 137 yards in the Broncos 40-39 win at Miami. Western will host Eastern Michigan this weekend for homecoming. The game begins Saturday at noon at Waldo Stadium.