Michigan PFAS chemical threats

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Michigan environmental roundup: Lawmakers tackle moose hunts, water shutoffs

Michigan environmental roundup: Lawmakers tackle moose hunts, water shutoffs

January 21, 2020 | Monica Williams

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

Michigan’s ‘green ooze’ may be ‘tip of iceberg’ of state’s toxic sites

Michigan’s ‘green ooze’ may be ‘tip of iceberg’ of state’s toxic sites

January 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan lawmakers on Wednesday grilled environmental regulators over their response to a “green ooze” disaster in Madison Heights. There are many other crises yet to come, lawmakers warned.  

Opinion | After green ooze, it’s time to get serious about 'polluter pay'

Opinion | After green ooze, it’s time to get serious about 'polluter pay'

January 15, 2020 | Jeff Irwin

'We can’t keep putting our heads in the sand and leaving these problems to bubble up later,' writes Irwin, co-author of a bill that would require polluters to clean up their contamination to a higher standard.

Dana Nessel sues 3M, DuPont over ‘unconscionable’ PFAS pollution in Michigan

Dana Nessel sues 3M, DuPont over ‘unconscionable’ PFAS pollution in Michigan

January 14, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A lawsuit filed Tuesday by Attorney General Dana Nessel alleges PFAS manufacturers “intentionally hid” known health and environmental risks from the public and state in order to continue profiting off “forever chemicals.”

Opinion | PFAS has poisoned my town. Government needs to step up and help

Opinion | PFAS has poisoned my town. Government needs to step up and help

January 9, 2020 | Katherine L. Thompson

 “I find it ironic that in a place with so much water, we don’t have a basic human right to be able to drink it.” writes a college student from Oscoda.

Green ooze on Michigan freeway prompts calls for tougher polluter pay laws

Green ooze on Michigan freeway prompts calls for tougher polluter pay laws

January 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cites an environmental disaster in Oakland County to renew a push for “polluter pays” legislation that would require owners to clean –  rather than contain – environmental contaminants used or produced on their property.

How to weigh in on Michigan’s proposed limits on PFAS in drinking water

How to weigh in on Michigan’s proposed limits on PFAS in drinking water

January 7, 2020 | Alexandra Schmidt

The state has proposed maximum contaminant limits for seven PFAS compounds in Michigan drinking water. Here’s what they are, and how you can weigh in on the limits.

Deal reached between state, townships and Wolverine World Wide over PFAS

Deal reached between state, townships and Wolverine World Wide over PFAS

December 10, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Wolverine will pay $69.5 million to extend municipal water to PFAS-affected residents in northern Kent County under the tentative agreement.

Letter suggests Bill Schuette shrugged off request to sue 3M over PFAS

Letter suggests Bill Schuette shrugged off request to sue 3M over PFAS

November 18, 2019 | Jim Malewitz, Riley Beggin

As he left office, the former attorney general told Rick Snyder he couldn’t sue because the governor’s staff never greenlighted a lawsuit — even though Snyder himself requested the suit.

Michigan’s PFAS cleanup costs are mounting. Taxpayers may get stuck with the tab.

Michigan’s PFAS cleanup costs are mounting. Taxpayers may get stuck with the tab.

November 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin

When a chemical disaster strikes – as it did in the tiny town of St. Louis – bills mount far faster than polluters’ willingness to pay. It’s a lesson survivors of the crisis fear will repeat with PFAS, which Michigan already has spent tens of millions to address.

Graphic photos vivid reminders of horror of Michigan PBB chemical crisis

Graphic photos vivid reminders of horror of Michigan PBB chemical crisis

November 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin

This slideshow shows how a 1973 mixup at a chemical company in St. Louis sparked an agricultural and health disaster statewide that still affects residents. Warning: Some photos may be upsetting.

 In a Michigan town with a toxic legacy, residents fought for decades to heal

In a Michigan town with a toxic legacy, residents fought for decades to heal

November 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jim Malewitz

In the town of St. Louis, a  group of rabble-rousers ensured state and federal authorities didn’t forget their toxic legacy. The work is only half done, but could be a lesson for communities now battling PFAS contamination.

Michigan found PFAS in Oscoda in 2010. There’s still no plan to clean it up.

Michigan found PFAS in Oscoda in 2010. There’s still no plan to clean it up.

November 18, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

An ignored 2010 report about PFAS is just one of several bureaucratic hurdles that has slowed Michigan’s response to the chemical that is now befouling waters. The delays are reminiscent of those that prolonged the PBB contamination of livestock in the 1970s.

Poisoned Michigan: How weak laws and ignored history enabled PFAS crisis

Poisoned Michigan: How weak laws and ignored history enabled PFAS crisis

November 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jim Malewitz

Michigan lawmakers said ‘never again’ after an agricultural mishap sparked one of the worst poisonings in history in 1973. But serious reform never came and some mistakes of that crisis are being repeated with the PFAS threat befouling state waterways.

Water protection hits close to home for Grand Rapids audience

Water protection hits close to home for Grand Rapids audience

October 24, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

A Center for Michigan water conference Thursday took place within miles of a PFAS contamination site. Experts weighed in on key challenges the state faces to keeping water clean and safe.

Here’s what Gretchen Whitmer’s new PFAS water rules mean for Michigan

Here’s what Gretchen Whitmer’s new PFAS water rules mean for Michigan

October 16, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week proposed limits for seven types of the harmful “forever chemicals” that have been found in drinking water supplies. Just four other states have adopted similar regulations.

Michigan environment roundup: Bringing solar power to the Upper Peninsula

Michigan environment roundup: Bringing solar power to the Upper Peninsula

October 14, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

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

Environment roundup: Michigan punts on PFAS testing at dairy farm

Environment roundup: Michigan punts on PFAS testing at dairy farm

August 22, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

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

Before debates, Gretchen Whitmer urges Democrats to protect Great Lakes

Before debates, Gretchen Whitmer urges Democrats to protect Great Lakes

July 29, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Joining fellow Democratic governors in Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Michigan’s governor urges presidential hopefuls to protect the Great Lakes by backing proposals that would improve water quality and thwart invasive species. 

As PFAS fears spread, Michigan ramps up testing by zapping fish

As PFAS fears spread, Michigan ramps up testing by zapping fish

July 24, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

‘Welcome to the rodeo’: Bridge Magazine gets first-hand look at Michigan regulators’ efforts to learn more about toxins in ‘forever chemicals’ by killing and testing fish.

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