Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

Protection Of Illinois River From Coal Ash In Regulatory Gray Area

"As a persistent rain pelts the clear, swift Middle Fork of the Vermilion River on a mid-September day, the water swells and rises. Clumps of tree roots hang precariously over the river, exposed by the crumbly, receding banks. Where the bank is firmer, the water has carved out tiny caves."

Source: Midwest Energy News, 10/03/2016

One Tribe's 'Long Walk' Upstream For Environmental And Cultural Justice

"Pre-dawn purple and gold and orange swirl deep overhead as the waterfront stirs to life. It's 6 a.m. at Menekaunee Harbor, where the Menominee River empties into Lake Michigan: Workers file into buildings, heavy machinery fires up and 18-wheelers roar and belch and hit the road."

Source: EHN, 09/29/2016

"As Other Cities Dig Up Pipes Made Of Toxic Lead, Chicago Resists"

"As cities across the nation overhaul their aging, increasingly fragile drinking water systems, some municipal leaders are digging deeper to erase a toxic legacy that endangers millions of Americans: lead water pipes connecting homes to street mains." Not Chicago.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 09/21/2016

"Mining Leaves A Wisconsin Tribe's Hallowed Sites At Risk"

"MENOMINEE RESERVATION, Wisc. — Guy Reiter was an archaeologist before he was an activist. But the two merged after a dream six years ago. 'I was in a van and when we drove by the White Rapids I looked over and saw an elder sitting on a dam, in full Indian regalia,' Reiter says. 'He flagged me down, I climbed the dam, and he started talking to me in Menominee.'"

Source: EHN, 09/19/2016

"GOP Eases Lead Paint Laws After $750,000 In Donations"

"MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled Legislature approved a measure aimed at retroactively shielding paint makers from liability after a billionaire owner of a lead producer contributed $750,000 to a political group that provided crucial support to Walker and Republicans in recall elections, according to a report released Wednesday."

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/16/2016

"Michigan Tribe Aims to Block Enbridge Pipeline Spill Settlement"

"A Native American tribe from the northeast shore of Lake Michigan is trying to halt the approval of a multi-million-dollar settlement between Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc., and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And it is using arguments similar to those made by a Sioux tribe in its campaign against a North Dakota oil pipeline that has so far succeeded in stopping construction."

Source: InsideClimate News, 09/13/2016

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