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Sierra: Pollution 'Human Rights Abuse' To Poor, Minorities in Detroit

"Metro Detroit’s poor and minority populations face greater health and environmental challenges than most communities because of their proximity to industrial pollution - an “environmental injustice” and “human rights abuse,” Sierra Club Detroit officials said today as they released a report on the state of Detroit’s environment."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 04/05/2013

EPA Sets New Requirements for Ballast Water Dumped By Ships

"TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued new requirements Thursday for cleansing ballast water dumped from ships, which scientists believe has provided a pathway to U.S. waters for invasive species that damage ecosystems and cost the economy billions of dollars."

Source: AP, 03/29/2013

"Illinois Bill To Reduce Flame Retardants Fizzles in Committee"

"As nearly a dozen states consider legislation that would ban toxic flame retardants, Illinois apparently will remain on the sidelines of a growing debate about chemicals linked to cancer, developmental problems and impaired fertility."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 03/21/2013

"Growing Mounds of Petroleum Coke Raise Fears Along Detroit River"

"Hulking, pitch-black mounds resembling coal have grown exponentially in the last week along the banks of the Detroit River in southwest Detroit, prompting concern about potential pollution from residents and legislators on both sides of the river."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 03/14/2013

Youngstown Gas Driller Indicted for Dumping Fracking Waste Into River

"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A federal grand jury returned an indictment against the owner of an oil and gas drilling company on Thursday, charging him with violating the Clean Water Act by dumping more than 20,000 gallons of fracking waste into a river in Youngstown."

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, 03/01/2013

Good News: Lead Poisoning of Detroit Kids Drops 70 Percent Since 2004

"The number of Detroit children with lead levels exceeding a newly revised federal guideline has dropped more than 70 percent, from about 10,000 kids to 2,900 since 2004. Nevertheless, the number of children with elevated lead levels in Detroit and other Rust Belt cities remains much higher than the national average, and low-income people of color are most at risk."

Source: EHN, 02/28/2013


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