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More charges in Flint water crisis

More charges in Flint water crisis

December 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

New charges were filed in December in connection with the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. State attorney general Bill Schuette announced charges against four defendants, including two former state-appointed emergency managers from Flint, as part of his ongoing criminal investigation. This marks the fourth round of charges announced byRead More

New bill would reduce allowable lead levels in public water systems

New bill would reduce allowable lead levels in public water systems

November 28, 2016 at 10:06 am 0 comments

Under new legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) this month, the allowable level of lead in water would eventually drop by two-thirds, and every day care facility and school in the country would be tested annually. Kildee’s bill would also require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toRead More

EPA Too Slow to Act on Flint, Inspector General Says

EPA Too Slow to Act on Flint, Inspector General Says

November 7, 2016 at 3:10 pm 0 comments

A recently released report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General details the agency’s lack of swift action in initially communicating the water crisis in Flint, Mich., to the public in 2015. The report, issued by EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr., maintains that EPARead More

This Week Is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

This Week Is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 24, 2016 at 10:35 am 0 comments

This week, Oct. 23-29, is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and the theme is “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.” Working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. EPA is conducting outreach and promoting educational activities to raise community awareness of leadRead More

Flint Water

EPA to Flint: Keep Using Filters

September 12, 2016 at 10:15 am 0 comments

An EPA official says residents drinking tap water in Flint, Mich., barring significant improvement, should plan to use filters through at least the end of the year, according to the Detroit Free Press. Officials say there is no timetable for residents to be able to consume tap water without filters.Read More

EPA Addressing Lead Problems in New York Village

EPA Addressing Lead Problems in New York Village

August 15, 2016 at 11:45 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a legal order directing the Village of Tarrytown, N.Y., to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act’s Lead and Copper Rule. A recent investigation by the EPA revealed that Tarrytown had violated numerous provisions of the rule, including failing to properly evaluateRead More

Six Charged with Felonies in Flint Water Crisis

Six Charged with Felonies in Flint Water Crisis

July 29, 2016 at 11:42 am 0 comments

Six state employees were criminally charged in district court Friday in connection with the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mich. Three employees of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and three state health department workers were charged with concealing unsafe lead levels. Genesee County Judge Nathaniel C. Perry III authorizedRead More

Flint Mayor to Speak at Democratic National Convention

Flint Mayor to Speak at Democratic National Convention

July 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm 0 comments

A Hillary Clinton campaign official confirmed last week that Flint, Mich., Mayor Karen Weaver is among a new group added to the lineup of speakers at the Democratic National Convention, kicking off tonight in Philadelphia, Pa. A time and date for Weaver’s speech was not immediately made available. “Mayor WeaverRead More

Flint Plans to Replace 250 Lead Lines

Flint Plans to Replace 250 Lead Lines

July 18, 2016 at 9:22 am 0 comments

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver plans to ask city council to approve contracts to hire two companies to replace no more than 250 lines in the hopes of controlling future costs, according to a Detroit Free Press report last week. The city had initially hoped to replace as many as 500 pipes using $2Read More

NRDC Report Examines Lead Violations, Slams EPA for Lack of Enforcement

NRDC Report Examines Lead Violations, Slams EPA for Lack of Enforcement

June 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm 0 comments

A new report released this week by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) claims more than 18 million Americans got their drinking water from systems with lead violations in 2015. According to the report, the problem could be more widespread than originally thought because many water systems known to haveRead More