Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

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

"Chicago To Start Testing Water In Some Schools For Toxic Lead"

"Shortly after Chicago Public Schools disclosed the district has not tested water fountains for lead contamination, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the nation's third-largest school system will begin checking water in a small number of schools this year. The announcement Wednesday came more than a month after the Tribune requested the results of any water quality tests conducted by or for CPS since 2012."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 04/28/2016

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