Nessel, AGs file suit against EPA for limiting state authority over environmental projects
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday that she has joined yet another multi-state lawsuit, this time challenging a President Trump administration rule that curtails state authority under a longstanding federal statute. The suit alleges that a rule finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 13, as directed by an April 2019 […]
Michigan’s 1st PFAS drinking water standards clear final hurdle
After nearly a year of rulemaking debate, Michigan’s very first set of PFAS limits for drinking water passed its last obstacle Wednesday as a panel of state lawmakers allowed them to take effect. Those rules, which establish maximum contaminant levels for seven toxic contaminants known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are the strictest and […]
Dingell pans Dem-led committee for axing PFAS cleanup from defense bill
WASHINGTON — An effort to crack down on toxic chemicals has been thwarted again — this time by Democrats. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell — a Dearborn Democrat who has championed the issue in Congress — and other lawmakers were hoping to amend a defense authorization bill this week with a series of strong provisions to […]
Is your water shut off? You can get it reconnected through 2020.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took action Wednesday to extend water reconnections for Michiganders at least through the end of the year, while simultaneously urging lawmakers to hold water utilities accountable to the state. Executive Order 2020-144 extends protections that Whitmer originally put in place in late March. Those provide support for residents facing water shutoffs due […]
Will there be a new federal agency to revive the Great Lakes region?
WASHINGTON — The Great Lakes region took a beating last decade with the collapse of its manufacturing sector. The region’s economy has been in recovery — but the pandemic threatens to deal another devastating blow. Unemployment is spiking and cities and states are facing massive revenue losses, which have the potential to destabilize the region’s […]
How many Michiganders are still without clean water during COVID-19? Not even the state knows.
Updated, 12:23 p.m. 5/22/20 Even when we’re not living through a pandemic, access to clean water can mean the difference between life and death for some of the most vulnerable populations. During the COVID-19 crisis, that access becomes even more vital. With that in mind, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on March 28 ordered public water utilities […]
Nessel, AGs call on EPA to strengthen PFAS rules
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 17 other attorneys general in urging a federal agency to strengthen rules pertaining to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), her office announced Tuesday. The comment letter addressed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls on the agency to strengthen and expand a proposed rule about the review […]
Stephanie Chang: We must protect our most vulnerable during this crisis
To say this is a challenging time would be a massive understatement. As a social worker turned public servant, I look at issues through a social justice lens and consider what more we can do to support the underserved or marginalized. It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic lays bare the economic and social divides […]
Metro Detroit activists create COVID-19 Facebook support page
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, a group of Michigan community activists and organizers have formed a Facebook page to help people find vital resources and share stories. Metro Detroit COVID Support Facebook Group was formed in March and is led by Bridget Quinn, Justin Onwenu and Lauren Schandevel. Schandevel created the group page and asked Onwenu, […]
Doctors, enviros want water shutoff moratorium extended after COVID-19 pandemic
On Saturday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced an executive order directing public water utilities to immediately restore water service for every Michigander whose water has been shut off due to non-payment. The order is effective for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, although some social justice groups and medical professionals argue that it should continue for […]
Wastewater could be key to detecting COVID-19
A community’s wastewater could be the key to detecting the presence of COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus. The University of Michigan said its researchers have teamed up with those at Stanford University and will begin looking at how COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, behaves and moves through the environment. […]
Michigan Dems want water shutoff ban in $2T coronavirus bill
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers announced the framework for a bipartisan deal on a $2 trillion spending package early Wednesday morning, but specifics of a final bill and a timeline for enactment remain uncertain, as both Republicans and Democrats raised concerns throughout the day. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he expected the chamber […]