Pollution

Michigan Water Regulator Fired as Flint Crisis Fallout Continues

"A high-ranking Michigan regulator was fired Friday for her role in the drinking water crisis in Flint, broadening the fallout from a situation that has endangered the health of children, prompted criminal investigations and become an issue in the presidential campaign."

Source: NY Times, 02/08/2016

"Peabody Coal Clean-Up Protections Questioned In Illinois"

"ST. LOUIS — A Midwest environmental group is questioning the ability of the country's largest coal producer to guarantee it has enough money for future cleanup of its Illinois mines, and it's threatening to sue the state if regulators don't change their approach."

Source: AP, 02/04/2016

"U.S. Lawmakers Chastise Officials At All Levels Over Flint Crisis"

"U.S. lawmakers criticized environmental officials at a hearing on Wednesday for not acting sooner when they saw a report that drinking water in Flint, Michigan was polluted with dangerously high levels of lead."

Source: Reuters, 02/04/2016

Group Issues Data Map Showing Poor, Minorities Face More Toxic Risks

The Center for Effective Government has released a map and database showing that "people of color and poor residents are significantly more likely to live near dangerous chemical facilities than white and non-poor residents in the United States." The interactive map project was based on a variety of data sources.

Flint Hearing Raises Freedom of Information Concerns

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's openness has been a major issue throughout the crisis of contaminated drinking water in Flint, which has caused lead poisoning of some children. One aspect of the openness issue is the ability of agency employees to speak with journalists; another is unfulfilled FOIA requests.

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