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      Businesses learn how to care for the environment

      State officials are hosting three conferences this spring to help businesses and others understand and deal with Michigan's environmental regulations. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding the first session Thursday in Traverse City. The others are in Grand Rapids on June 5 and Livonia on June 10. Businesses, consultants, institutions and workers with state and local government agencies are among those invited. The DEQ says the meetings are designed to help new and seasoned operators alike. Among topics to be covered are waste and wastewater management, air quality, remediation and pollution prevention. An updated edition of Michigan's guide to environmental, health and safety regulations will be released at the conferences. Experts will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance.