Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated a sentence of probation for a Detroit-area landlord who pleaded no contest to setting a fire at his apartment building in 2007. Giovanni Naccarato’s case began in 2011 but has bounced between Wayne County Circuit Court and higher courts after a judge declined to send him to prison. The Supreme Court had the final say Friday, overturning an opinion from the Michigan appeals court and reinstating three years of probation. Justices Stephen Markman and Elizabeth Clement disagreed.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators are proposing new restrictions on farmers’ practice of spreading livestock manure on farmland as a fertilizer. The proposal would include a suggested ban on applying animal waste on farm fields during three winter months. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy or EGLE released its recommended controls in late October that would be part of a revamped process of assessing the environmental hazards of spreading livestock waste. MLive.com reports that the department is holding public hearings this week and next on its amended pollution discharge permit for concentrated animal feeding operations, which are commonly known as CAFOs.
LANSING, Mich (AP) — The number of people installing solar panels or other renewable energy projects to generate their own electricity continues to rise in Michigan. The state Public Service Commission reports that the installations increased by nearly 57% in 2018. Participation in the state’s legacy net metering program has grown every year since 2006. There were more than 5,200 customers who participated, up from more than 3,200 in 2017. The projects represent a tiny portion of Michigan’s total electricity sales. About 94% of participants installed solar projects, according to the report released this past week.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators have approved a 9.2% natural gas rate increase for 300,000 customers of SEMCO Energy Gas. The utility will use the nearly $20 million rate increase to replace gas mains and initiate an infrastructure reliability improvement program. The Port Huron-based company delivers natural gas to customers in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula and in parts of the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Public Service Commission said Friday that a residential customer using an average amount of natural gas will pay $6.10 more per month.