Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

"House Panel Denounces E.P.A. Actions in Flint Crisis"

"Members of a congressional oversight committee excoriated a former Environmental Protection Agency official on Tuesday for not responding more forcefully when she learned last year that Flint, Mich., was not adding a chemical to its new water supply that would have prevented the city’s pipes from corroding and leaching lead."

Source: NY Times, 03/16/2016

"Kasich Bashes Clean Energy And Climate Action At Ohio Town Hall"

"At a town hall event in Ohio’s manufacturing hub on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for traveling to Paris to fight climate change, and said clean energy was too expensive for the region."

Source: Climate Progress, 03/15/2016

EPA Chief To Testify Before Congressional Panel On Flint's Water Crisis

Renee Montagne interviews Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about EPA's role in the Flint water crisis. McCarthy says Michigan's slow-walking response to the problem made it hard for EPA to intervene. McCarthy is one of several key witnesses to testify this week before the House Oversight Committee. Resigned Regional Administrator Susan Hedman will testify today.

Renee Montagne reports for NPR March 15, 2016.

Source: NPR, 03/15/2016

"Flint Water E-Mails Written To Stay Secret"

As the Flint water crisis was being discovered, Michigan environmental officials tried to manipulate exemptions in the state's freedom of information law to keep secret emails that should have been subject to disclosure.

Source: Detroit Free Press, 03/15/2016

Flame Retardants In Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass Threaten Consumers

"Levels of hazardous flame retardants in most Great Lakes fish are declining – or at least researchers thought they were. But a new study shows that this isn’t the case for Lake Erie smallmouth bass, an important game fish. And the contaminated fish threatens the health of some of those who eat them."

Source: Great Lakes Echo, 03/10/2016

"Flint Temporarily Suspends Sending Out Water Bills"

"Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has suspended water billing temporarily — for about a month — while the city works out how it will apply $30 million from the State of Michigan to help residents who’ve paid for nearly two years for water that’s unsafe to drink."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 03/10/2016

"Emails: Flint Water Warnings Reached Gov's Inner Circle"

"Two top advisers to Gov. Rick Snyder urged switching Flint back to Detroit’s water system in October 2014 after General Motors Co. said the city’s heavily chlorinated river water was rusting engine parts, according to governor’s office emails examined by The Detroit News."

Source: Deseret News, 02/26/2016

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