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Court Ruling on Environmental Suits & Tree Recycling

Court Ruling on Environmental Suits & Tree Recycling

Christmas tree drop-off sites are becoming more common. (Photo by mmhaffie, Flickr)

Host: Rebecca Williams
Show date: 01/04/2011

The Michigan Supreme Court says anyone can sue the state if they believe it's acting in a way that harms the environment. Jennifer Guerra has more on the recent ruling:

Nick Schroeck is with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. He says if a company wants to do something like discharge treated wastewater into a creek or a river, for example, it needs a permit from the state to do so:

“The way our environmental law works, you have to have a permit to pollute, as it were. That means that the state regulates the amount of pollution that’s allowed into the waters of the state.”

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