Flint water crisis

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Michigan environment roundup: State says Flint is violating Safe Drinking Water Act

August 26, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about natural resources in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

It’s not just Flint: Poverty is bad for your health in Michigan, study finds

July 25, 2019 | Ted Roelofs, Jim Malewitz

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer focuses on environmental justice, a new study by the University of Michigan maps ‘hot spots’ where low-income people of color are exposed to high levels of pollution.

Opinion | For Flint’s lead-exposed children, a sobering lesson from Toledo

July 1, 2019 | Marilynne Wood

The Flint water crisis impacted thousands of young children. A researcher who has studied the impact of lead exposure says there are interventions that can help.

New Flint water prosecutors face a skeptical hometown crowd

June 29, 2019 | Alexandra Schmidt

The state's new prosecution team delivered a scathing rebuke of how the investigation was handled by former Attorney General Bill Schuette. But their promises to deliver justice for the people of Flint were greeted by skepticism and even grief.

Dana Nessel's office drops charges in Flint water contamination case

June 13, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Charges against the state’s former top doctor and former health director have been dropped but could be refiled, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says.  

Flint mayor satisfied, but others outraged after water charges dropped

June 13, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Flint leaders are both hopeful and skeptical that Attorney General Dana Nessel will reboot the criminal cases and prosecute high-ranking officials  

Nestlé extends Flint bottled water donations through August

April 10, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Since Michigan halted its free bottled water program, Nestlé has provided 100,000 bottles water per week to help centers that continue to face high demands from residents who refuse to drink from their taps.

Dana Nessel shakes up Flint prosecutions; civil settlement talks underway

February 21, 2019 | Jim Malewitz, Riley Beggin

Saying “the people of Flint deserve nothing short of justice,” Michigan’s attorney general is moving quickly to resolve dozens of civil lawsuits filed in the wake of the Flint lead poisoning crisis.

Opinion | It’s not just trust that’s lost in Flint, some water remains unsafe

February 12, 2019 | Jill Ryan

Michigan shouldn’t turn its attention away from Flint just because the state says drinking water is “restored,” says an environmental activist.

In Flint, trust is lost. And bottled water supplies are running low.

January 30, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

A year after Michigan declared Flint’s drinking water “restored” and began encouraging residents to return to their faucets, the city’s demand for bottled water remains sky-high, leading to hours-long waits for dwindling supplies.

Flint residents welcome Nestlé donations. But its ads? Not so much.

January 30, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

The water conglomerate is donating millions of bottles of water to Flint. But it’s taking millions of gallons of water from central Michigan and touting its efforts on television. That’s led to mixed feelings.

After Flint, Michigan toughened lead rules. Now water utilities are suing.

January 23, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Detroit-area water providers are challenging Michigan’s rules for lead in drinking water, which are the nation’s toughest. The challenge has high stakes for public health and ratepayers’ wallets.

Flint finds replacing lead pipes isn’t easy. Even when state promises to pay

November 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Momentum has stalled, costs are rising dramatically, and state officials are threatening to halt funding for efforts to replace all of Flint’s water lead pipes.

Truth Squad | Misleading attacks on Bill Schuette for Flint water crisis

October 16, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A Democratic Governors Association PAC says Schuette’s office “OK’d” the deal that produced lead-tainted water in Flint, and that residents were harmed as a result of his office’s inaction.

How U-M data ‘nerds’ helped Flint find homes with dangerous lead pipes

September 4, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

University of Michigan researchers developed an algorithm that has played an important role in Flint’s efforts to replace hazardous lead service lines. It could help other Michigan cities better locate older, compromised pipes.

He told Flint to ‘relax.’ Now, Michigan is paying him to lead media training.

July 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz, Craig Mauger

A former Michigan spokesman who resigned because of “callous” statements about Flint was paid by a state contract to train government employees on how to communicate with media, records show.

Opinion | Michigan has learned from Flint water crisis. But we must do more.

June 15, 2018 | Agustin V. Arbulu

he director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights says the agency has taken steps to reduce bias that led to the public health crisis.

Preschool works wonders for Flint water crisis kids. But funding is running out.

June 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

An innovative –  but expensive preschool –  is showing dramatic gains for youths exposed to lead in Flint. Money for operations runs out next year.

Flint Township tells the world: Please, don’t confuse us with Flint

June 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

Flint Township frustrated as effort to change the name, distance itself from city of the same name is stuck in legislature

Michigan lawmakers may require schools to test water for lead

June 6, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

House lawmakers voice bipartisan support for legislation to require schools, child care centers, colleges hospitals and veterans centers to test for lead and other contaminants.

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