Failure at the Faucet: A series exploring risks to drinking water across Wisconsin.

Replacing all Milwaukee lead service lines would take 70 years at the current pace. Meanwhile, Wisconsin home lead investigations rarely test water amid a focus on paint.

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Living on Earth: Beyond the headlines

Steve Curwood talks with Peter Dykstra, an editor at Environmental Health News, about the far-reaching consequences of climate disasters for many Americans. They also discuss the slow progress in replacing lead-contaminated pipes that provide drinking water to many homes in the Chicago area. Looking back in history, 30 years ago in September 1991 a developer dropped plans to develop Walden Woods as an office park, thanks to pressure from Don Henley of The Eagles and others.

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EPA proposes prioritizing West Atlanta lead pollution for funding and cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to make lead contamination in West Atlanta neighborhoods a higher priority for cleanup.

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Lead-contaminated Atlanta neighborhood may be put on federal clean-up priority list

The EPA is proposing to add a westside Atlanta area that's contaminated with lead to the Superfund program's National Priorities List (NPL), which would allow more federal funding for clean-up.

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Whitmer seeks $20M to replace lead pipes in Benton Harbor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to pump $20 million into Benton Harbor to replace lead pipes and curtail exceedances of the state's water safety rules.
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Inside the Flint water crisis cover-up

Phones belonging to top state health department officials were found with no text messages from January 2014 to October 2015.
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Flint residents press for more money in $641M water settlement

Flint residents excoriated the lawyers who negotiated the $641 million settlement, asking the judge to resume bargaining so they would get more money.
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Flint residents: Proposed lead poisoning settlement too small, racist

Former Flint mayor Karen Weaver contrasted the $641.25-million proposal with other recent legal settlements directed at mostly white communities.
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Battle over bone scans dominates Day One of Flint fairness hearing

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Judith Levy is to hear from Flint objectors who are not represented by attorneys. Demonstrations are planned in Flint.
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Rob Portman says Republicans should work with Biden on infrastructure

The Republican senator who is leading negotiations for his party on a bipartisan infrastructure plan says Republicans have nothing to lose and much to gain in cutting a deal with the president.
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Paris officials accused of failing to protect locals' health after Notre Dame fire

Paris city authorities have been accused of failing to safeguard the health of people living near the Notre Dame due to lead pollution caused by the fire that nearly destroyed the monument two years ago.

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New bill aims to improve water quality in New York schools

A new bill aiming to improve drinking water quality in New York schools will soon be delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approval after it passed in both the state senate and assembly.

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Flint water defendants complain about withheld documents

The attorneys for former officials charged with crimes related to the Flint water crisis complained the prosecution has failed to release documents.
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NaTisha Washington works to elevate voices of Black and brown Pittsburghers

“Environmental justice for me is ensuring that everybody--everybody--no matter what their race, no matter what their sex, have a healthy environment that they can live, eat and sleep in.”
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High lead levels found in old Duluth homes' drinking water

There are 4,600 city-owned lead service lines still in use, largely in pre-1930 homes.
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Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

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