Washington

DOD data show 4 more Michigan military PFAS sites

BY: - September 17, 2019

The number of identified U.S. military installations with PFAS-contaminated drinking water has increased — and four affected sites are in Michigan, according to Department of Defense (DOD) data obtained by nonprofit activist organization Environmental Working Group (EWG).   PFAS, or long-lasting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a growing cause for concern because of their adverse health […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Trump’s crazy 2 weeks underscore just how much we’ll lose if he wins in 2020

BY: - August 29, 2019

President Donald Trump is diverting disaster funds during hurricane season to his precious border wall. Migrant children are being raped, falling ill and dying in border concentration camps. His administration is planning to stop regulating the greenhouse gas methane as the Amazon is literally on fire. Trump has managed to unleash even more mad-king rantings […]

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Column: How the government can steal your stuff: 6 questions about civil asset forfeiture answered

BY: - August 24, 2019

Should someone wearing a badge have the power to relieve a suspected drug dealer of his Maserati on the spot without giving him an opportunity to flee or liquidate and launder his assets? Known as civil asset forfeiture, this practice might sound like a wise policy. But lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in […]

COMMENTARY

John Knappmann: We need real solutions for surprise medical billing

BY: - August 22, 2019

Michiganders need relief when it comes to surprise medical billing.  Fortunately, Congress finally seems to be taking action as it inches toward a legislative solution. As they do so, our elected officials in Washington must ensure the final bill they pass on this matter does not result in any negative, unintended consequences for patients. As […]

Statewide study: 10% of Michigan public water systems have PFAS

BY: - August 19, 2019

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) published the results of the first statewide study of toxic PFAS (or per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) in drinking water last week, after testing more than 1,700 water supplies across the state. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” and are found in food packaging, cookware, firefighting foam and more. […]