"More criminal charges will be announced Friday in the Flint drinking water investigation, Attorney General Bill Schuette's office announced late Thursday."
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On July 22, 2016, the public joined us for a community conversation about important regional and national environmental and health issues, and a potential conference and reporting project. The event, organized by SEJ with the University of Michigan-Flint, comprised a panel and Q&A with journalists. Find coverage here.
"Two environmental groups are teaming up for a $1 million advertising campaign to oppose Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-Wis.) reelection. The League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund and the Environmental Defense Action Fund are running the ads to paint Johnson a climate change doubter and oil industry ally, and to frame Democrat Russ Feingold as the environment-friendly alternative."
The U.S. EPA is facing off with Minnesota's Pollution Control Agency over exempting taconite mining operations from clean-water rules meant to protect wild rice.
"A former public water system operator for Sebring in northeastern Ohio was charged on Wednesday with misdemeanor crimes for failing to notify the public about lead contamination in some tap water in the town, the state's attorney general said."
"A new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources draft report wrongly concludes that sand mining operations don't produce fine dust particles and shouldn't impact human health, an environmental advocacy group contends."
"Arsenic. Lead. Mercury. Sulfuric Acid. At a closed Duke Energy power plant, at least 10 billion pounds of coal ash containing these toxins and more are sitting on the banks of the Ohio River – a source of drinking water for more than 5 million people."
"Records say when the first plows sliced through the great Midwestern prairie, a popping sound rang through the air like a volley of pistol shots. It was the sound of millions of roots snapping against the plow's steel blade."