Month: July 2014

2014 Olypmic Gold Medalists will serve as grand marshals for Pure Michigan 400

BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 31, 2014) – The United States ice dancing team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White will serve as the grand marshals for the Pure Michigan 400 on August 17 at Michigan International Speedway. White and Davis, the 2014 Olympic Champion ice dancing team, will give the command of “start your engines” at the Pure Michigan 400. “We are happy to have Meryl Davis and Charlie White serve as grand marshals for the Pure Michigan 400,” track President Roger Curtis said. “It was exciting to cheer the pair to Olympic Gold in the 2014 Games. It will be great to welcome them to MIS.” With their win at the 2014 U.S. Championships, Davis and White secured their second Olympic Team berth and set their sights on gold at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The team again made history, with their short dance and “Scheherazade”-themed free dance garnering a record score of 195.52 points, becoming the first-ever American ice dancing team to win Olympic gold. After the games Davis and White both competed on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. Davis and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy took home the Mirror Ball Trophy as the champions. “We are working every day to spread the word about the positive things happening in Michigan and Charlie White and Meryl Davis have been terrific ambassadors for our state,” said Leslie...

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EPA Endorses New & Improved Beach Water Quality Safety Threshold

EPA Endorses New & Improved Beach Water Quality Safety Threshold Agency’s Move Helps Protect the Health of Millions of Beachgoers; States to Strengthen Beach Water Quality Notification Practices WASHINGTON (July 31, 2014) – In a move designed to protect more than 180 million people who visit America’s coastal and Great Lakes beaches every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced stronger National Beach Guidance for all states to adopt the most protective swimmer safety threshold – a Beach Action Value (BAV) – for water quality monitoring and notification practices in order to receive federal BEACH Act funding. The new implementation of EPA’s strongest safe-to-swim threshold, which EPA expects to be implemented by grantee states to be eligible for FY 16 funding, is consistent with recommendations urged by the Natural Resources Defense Council and its coalition partners Clean Ocean Action, Hackensack Riverkeeper, Heal the Bay, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance. Following are statements from NRDC and its partners. Steve Fleischli, senior attorney and water program director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): “By protecting swimmers from unsafe levels of disease-causing bacteria and viruses, today’s sensible decision by EPA will help keep trips to the beach as safe as they should be. Clean beach water is not only critical for public health, it supports healthy coastal economies that generate billions of dollars and support millions of American...

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Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for Ford Airport

Ford Airport in Dickinson County will receive a federal grant of $867,427 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to purchase snow removal equipment and take other steps that will help improve the airport’s ability to keep the runways and taxiways clear during bad weather, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. ‘Making sure residents, tourists, and business travelers are able to easily travel to and from the Upper Peninsula is vital to the region,’ Stabenow said. ‘This support will help ensure that Ford Airport can continue to keep people traveling safely and boost the local economy in Iron Mountain.’ ‘Keeping Ford’s airfield clear during a U.P. winter requires the right equipment and materials,’ Levin said. ‘This funding will help the airport purchase crucial snow removal equipment and make much needed upgrades to the storage buildings. These improvements will help keep Ford Airport operating safely during the winter.’ The grant will fund a replacement snow removal loader with box plow, blower and broom. In addition, the funds will be used to relocate and enlarge the door for the sand and chemical storage building, improving access to the surface treatments by the snow removal equipment. The grant will also fund insulation and lighting improvements to the snow removal equipment storage building that will better protect the equipment from the elements. Read more here: Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for Ford...

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