Tag: Michigan

Gov. Whitmer transforms the MDEQ into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

Posted on February 5, 2019 by

This week Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs an executive order transforming the Department of Environmental Quality into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Executive Order 2019-2 also created new offices within the department including the Office of Clean Water Public Advocacy, the Office of Environmental Justice Public Advocate, the Office of Climate and Energy, […]

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Press Release: Some in Kinross Charter Township, MI and Village of of Walloon in Charlevoix County, MI have Drinking Water that Contains Harmful Chemicals called PFAS, But They May Not Know It

Posted on October 31, 2018 by

Contact:  Jill Ryan or Stephanie Altrock Phone: 231-348-8200 Email: jill@freshwaterfuture.org or stephanie@freshwaterfuture.org Website: www.freshwaterfuture.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Testing Finds Public Drinking Water Supplies Contain Harmful Chemicals called PFAS October 31, 2018 Michigan – Perfluroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, have collectively emerged as one of the biggest environmental threats facing the Great Lakes […]

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The Lead and Copper Rule Is Not a Health Based Rule

Posted on April 19, 2018 by

By Elin Betanzo Elin Betanzo is a water quality engineer and founder of Safe Water Engineering LLC. A former Environmental Engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she assists water utilities with Lead and Copper Rule compliance and developing lead service line replacement programs. The Detroit News published an editorial about drinking water quality in […]

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Michigan Proposes Stricter Standard on Lead, Replacing Lead Pipes Statewide

Posted on December 12, 2017 by

Image: From left to right, a lead pipe, a corroded steel pipe, and a lead pipe treated with protective orthophosphate. In the wake of the Flint Water Crisis and an increasing amount of attention being paid to the nation’s degrading infrastructure, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has put forth a proposal to lower the […]

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Michigan Governor Announces Line 5 Agreement with Enbridge Inc.

Posted on November 29, 2017 by

On Monday, November 27, the Canadian corporation Enbridge Inc. inked a deal with the State of Michigan that will implement newly agreed-upon actions to move toward a long-term solution for the controversial Line 5 oil pipeline. The agreement stipulates that Enbridge will: Replace the portion of the pipeline that crosses beneath the St. Clair River […]

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Michigan Governor Appoints State Official Criminally Charged in Flint Crisis to New Public Health Panel

Posted on November 22, 2017 by

LANSING, MI — On November 20th, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced his appointment of Dr. Eden Wells to lead a new Public Health Advisory Council. Dr. Wells is Michigan’s chief medical executive and one of fifteen current and former government officials facing prosecution for their role in the Flint water crisis. Wells was in court […]

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Tell Michigan Gov. Snyder to VETO Repeal of Invasive Species Protections

Posted on November 2, 2017 by

Take Action — Tell Governor Snyder to VETO HB 5095 Lawmakers in Michigan recently passed a bill that would weaken Michigan’s ballast water pollution standards, sending it Governor Rick Snyder. House Bill 5095 would effectively repeal the standards passed in 2005 with near unanimous bipartisan support, and leave us to rely exclusively on weaker federal […]

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Michigan Senate to Consider Regulating “No Greater Than the Feds,” Hand Over Protection of Clean Air and Water to Trump Administration

Posted on October 5, 2017 by

Click here to find your Senator and tell them to vote no on the Senate’s version of House Bill No. 4205. The Michigan state House voted in May 57 to 50 in favor of a bill (HB-4205) designed to restrict the ability of state agencies to create regulatory rules that are stronger than federal standards. If passed […]

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When Sewer System Fails, MI House Wants to Hand You the Cleanup Bill

Posted on September 26, 2017 by

Many Michigan families know what it’s like to wake up after a thunderstorm to find their homes flooded with rainwater and raw sewage. The cleanup is costly and time consuming, and because it’s almost always the result of outdated city infrastructure, homeowners can’t prevent it. A new bill in the Michigan House leaves home and […]

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