Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

"Flint Water Woes Reach Beyond Lead In Drinking Supply"

"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."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 06/07/2016

"Canada, U.S. Warn of Eight Chemicals in Great Lakes"

"Canada and the United States have identified eight substances in the water of the Great Lakes as chemicals of mutual concern under the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. These chemicals are potentially harmful to human health or the environment or both."

Source: ENS, 06/01/2016
June 17, 2016

DEADLINE: AHCJ Regional Health Journalism Fellowship: Great Lakes

The Association of Health Care Journalists selects a small number of journalists annually from a specific region of the country for this opportunity. The 2016-17 fellowship class will come from Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. Deadline: Jun 17.

"Senators Push Feds To Raise Liability Stakes On Mackinac Pipeline"

"Michigan's two Democratic senators want the Department of Transportation to change the way it regulates oil pipelines crossing underneath the Great Lakes in order to raise the liability stakes should they break and cause a spill."

Source: Grand Rapids Press, 05/23/2016

"Water Testing Finds High Lead Levels In Communities Across Illinois"

"Alarmed by chronic problems with lead-contaminated water in downstate Galesburg, federal officials are urging local officials to provide bottled water or filters to residents where testing at household taps found high levels of the toxic metal. Though the small Knox County city stands out for repeatedly exceeding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lead standards, a Tribune analysis of state data has identified about 170 other public water systems in Illinois — serving about 700,000 people in all — where test results exceeded federal standards during at least one year since 2004."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 05/16/2016

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