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Judge gives preliminary OK to $641M Flint water deal

A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit thousands of Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water.

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Flint families welcome water crisis charges, seek healing

"I literally could have cried," said Ariana Hawk after learning Tuesday that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and others in his administration were expected to be charged in the water crisis.

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U.S. Justice Dept: Flint company owner dumped millions of gallons of untreated leachate in sewer

The owner of an oil processing company in Flint is accused of violating the Clean Water Act. Robert Massey faces a felony charge for allegedly telling employees to illegally dump contaminants into the city's sewer system.

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Oil Chem owner accused of dumping nearly 50 million gallons of landfill liquid into Flint sewers

Federal prosecutors have charged the owner and president of a Flint chemical company with dumping untreated liquid drained from eight different landfills into the city's sewer system.

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Democratic lawmakers from Illinois, Michigan push rivals for top EPA job in Chicago

Debra Shore and Michigan’s Micah Ragland, who touts his Flint environmental justice record, compete to be the Midwest’s Environmental Protection Agency chief.
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Bills to allow Flint water crisis settlement could get Senate approval next week

Bills that would clear the way for Michigan to borrow $600 million to settle lawsuits tied the the Flint water crisis have been introduced in the state Senate and could get approval as early as next week.
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PFAS in Buick City site so far not detected in nearby drinking water, RACER Trust reps report

Despite the findings of PFAS contamination at the former Buick City site in northeast Flint, so far the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has not found any red flags for any specific substances in the drinking water in the neighborhoods around the site.

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New report underscores the risks of lead in water, especially to bottle-fed babies

A new report by Healthy Babies Bright Futures underscores the risks of lead in water. Black infants are particularly vulnerable. Here's how consumers can protect themselves and their families.

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Corey Stern: We won a $600 million settlement for Flint. Now comes the hard part.

A legal victory is just the beginning for a city that's been decimated by globalization and bad policy-making.

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Michigan to pay $600 mln to Flint water crisis victims

Michigan says it has reached a preliminary settlement to pay $600 million to victims of the Flint water crisis, potentially closing a chapter on one of the country's worst public health crises in recent memory.

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WATCH: A conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

As part of CEHN's Executive Director's 20th Anniversary milestone, Nsedu Obot Witherspoon conducted her August interview with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, pediatrician, child health advocate, mother, author.

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'Shocking to the conscience': Mich. court OKs Flint claims

Residents of Flint, Mich., have secured approval from the state's highest court to pursue claims in a class action lawsuit that faults government officials for a drinking water crisis that harmed both property values and bodily health.

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Work resumes to keep PFAS from Buick City site from polluting Flint River

A major project to stop PFAS discharges, the rerouting of a storm sewer line through Buick City, has restarted and is expected to be finished sometime this fall.
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Green groups back protesters as they grapple with how best to address their own issues with race

Green groups are expressing full-throated support for demonstrators protesting the killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis police custody - even as they struggle with their own long-standing issues with addressing racial inequality and a lack of diversity in their ranks.

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PFAS confirmed or suspected at 678 military installations

Toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS are now confirmed or suspected in ground and surface water at 678 military installations, including 16 in Michigan, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group.
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