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Lead Levels High In Almost 2,000 Water Systems Across All 50 States

"While a harsh national spotlight focuses on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., a USA TODAY NETWORK investigation has identified almost 2,000 additional water systems spanning all 50 states where testing has shown excessive levels of lead contamination over the past four years."

Source: USA TODAY, 03/18/2016

"In-Person, Top-Level Finger-Pointing Over Flint Water Crisis"

"The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality repeatedly gave assurances that water from the Flint River was safe, when in reality it had dangerous levels of lead, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says." CBS News/AP had the story March 17, 2016. The House Oversight Committee will hear testimony from Mich. Gov Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Thursday, March 17, at 9 am ET. The hearing will be cablecast/livestreamed via CSPAN3.

Source: CBS News/AP, 03/17/2016

"Canadian Companies Supporting Fight Against U.S. Climate Plan: Report"

"Many large Canadian companies are financing legal action and lobbying against President Barack Obama’s climate change plan, putting the public and their investors at risk, said a new report released on Monday by an investment services organization."

Source: National Observer, 03/16/2016

"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

"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

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