Michigan Gov. Advocates for Stricter Lead Regulations

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Detroit Free Press
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Critics claim Governor's endorsed regulation is not strict enough

The Michigan governor’s endorsement of a plant to reduce allowable lead in water from 15 ppm to 10 ppm is not strict enough for critics, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s endorsement of the plant follows months of turmoil in Flint, Mich. where water quality has been of grave concern for residents.

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April 18, 2016

EPA Updates Superfund National Priorities List

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EPA
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Five locations added to the NPL, eight additional spots proposed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added five and proposed to add eight hazardous waste sites to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL). These are sites with known or threatened hazardous waste releases that could pose risks to public health and the environment.

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April 6, 2016

Healthy Babies Bright Futures Offers Lead in Water Action Kits to American Families

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Healthy Babies Bright Futures
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Testing lead in water will allow families to detect and reduce their lead exposure

Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) is making Lead in Water Action Kits available to families across the U.S. so they can test their tap water for the presence of lead and take action to reduce exposure. HBBF has partnered with Virginia Tech to offer an in-home kit that can detect most lead hazards in water. Each family's water samples are sent for analysis to Virginia Tech's lab - the same lab that uncovered lead contamination in Washington, D.C., and, most recently, Flint, Mich.

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February 19, 2016
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AWWA Launches Online Lead Resource Community

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AWWA
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Community is accessible to water professionals, media and the general public

With the crisis in Flint, Mich., vaulting lead risks into the public consciousness, the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) has launched a Web-based Lead Resource Community accessible to water professionals, media and the general public.

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February 18, 2016
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West Virginia Citizen Groups to Flint Residents: 'We Are With You'

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Joint letter notes similarities in infrastructure

Citizen groups representing the 300,000 West Virginia residents who were without safe water for more than a week in some cases after a January 2014 chemical leak have a message for the residents of Flint, Mich.: "We are with you." Emphasizing the need for stepped-up state oversight and federal investment in water infrastructure, a joint letter from 36 West Virginia groups to the residents of the Michigan city is available online.

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February 15, 2016

Art Van Furniture, PureSleep Stores Collecting Bottled Water Donations for Flint, Mich.

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Art Van Furniture
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Donations will be accepted as long as the need continues

All 100 Art Van Furniture and Art Van PureSleep locations in the Chicago metropolitan area, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio will be accepting donations of bottled water from the public to help the residents of Flint, Mich., adversely affected by the city's water crisis. To date, the furniture and mattress retailer has collected more than 400 tons of water at many of its Michigan locations.

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February 12, 2016

Environmental Testing Services Reacts to Flint Water Crisis

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PR Newswire
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ETS is helping to make Flint residents aware of lead hazards

Environmental Testing Services (ETS) is educating and assisting residents of Flint, Mich., in the awareness of lead hazards in their homes. ETS is a national lead testing firm that engages with residents to ensure their homes are safe and free of lead contaminants.

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January 28, 2016
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NRDC, ACLU File Federal Lawsuit to Secure Access to Safe Drinking Water in Flint

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NRDC
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Groups file federal lawsuit to secure safe drinking water in Flint, Mich.

A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit seeking federal court intervention to secure access to safe drinking water for the people of Flint, Mich.

Alleging violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Concerned Pastors for Social Action and Flint resident Melissa Mays.  

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January 27, 2016

Residents of Flint, Mich., to Sue City, State Over Lead in Drinking Water

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Natural Resources Defense Council
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Groups begin legal process to stop ongoing violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act

Residents of Flint, Mich., together with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, announced their intention to sue state and city officials for ongoing violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act amid the city’s current lead contamination.

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November 16, 2015
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Michigan Governor Recommends Flint Reconnect to Detroit Water

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American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
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The governor's recommendation is due to the city's current lead contamination

In the wake of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s recommendation that the city of Flint reconnect to the Detroit water system to stem its lead-contamination woes, leaders from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council urged federal, state, and local governments to take additional steps to not only solve the current problem in Flint but to prevent future crises.

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October 9, 2015
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