"The U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigated only one out of 27 fatal accidents in the last fiscal year, part of a five-year slide that saw the agency fail to probe more than 90 percent of workplace fatalities, U.S. EPA's inspector general said in a report released yesterday."
Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)
"STEPHENSON, Mich. — Michigan officials are weighing the possibility of an open pit mine in the western Upper Peninsula, and Native Americans, residents and environmental groups fear it will pollute water and cultural resources."
"Federal officials said on Thursday it is safe for anyone to drink properly filtered water in Flint, Michigan, where a public health crisis erupted after residents were exposed to dangerously high levels of lead."
"FLINT, MI – City officials announced that Flint will follow through with an agreement to connect the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline to Lake Huron."
"Delegates for the governors of the eight Great Lakes states on Tuesday unanimously approved the City of Waukesha's request for a Lake Michigan water supply."
"In the month since Chicago Public Schools started testing water in schools for toxic lead, results have shown elevated levels in more than two dozen buildings with hundreds of schools still to be tested."
"The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is urging officials in Michigan to address 'systemic issues' that could prevent Flint from providing clean, safe drinking water to the city’s residents over the long term."
"State officials say the latest round of sampling in Flint provides more evidence that the water quality is improving in the city’s troubled pipeline system."
"The Vermilion Middle Fork is a swift-flowing river winding through lush forests, rolling prairie and craggy cliffs in central Illinois. Designated as one of the country’s “National Scenic Rivers,” it is subject to federal and state protections, popular with paddlers and home to wildlife including 24 endangered or threatened species. But the river’s banks butt up against three massive pits filled with toxic coal ash produced over five decades by the Vermilion coal-fired power plant... ."
"Replacing 13 miles of water mains every year for the next 50 years. Repairing or replacing five dams. Switching out at least 2,000 lead service lines every year for five years. Those are some of the "immediate needs" for the city of Flint's ailing water system that go far beyond removing lead particles from the contaminated drinking water supply, according to a state-commissioned report obtained by the Detroit Free Press."